Bees, misc
Jan 14, 2011Public
Photo: The nucs have built up by July and the challenge is to keep them from swarming.
Photo: Triangular escape boards are in place in preparation for removing supers.  This is the first year I have tried them and they work really well.  The only drawback is it takes two trips to the yard to pull supers.
Photo: The scale hives tell us exactly when the nectar flow starts.  During the peak of the tulip poplar bloom, strong hives put on 15 lbs a day.
Photo: An overflowing nuc.
Photo: Minor bear damage.  The bees were still there and I was able to put this back together and save the colony.  Notice the bear tore the charger apart.  I guess it didn't like the clicking sound.
Photo: Bees and Buckwheat
Photo: Unattended hive in stack of boxes.  This colony lived here for 12 years.
Photo: A very productive queen
Photo: Very nice brood pattern
Photo: Somebody's apiary between Stuart and Woolwine. That's a long line of hives!
Photo: Capped queen cell on new wax.
Photo: Young hives doing orientation flights
Photo: A queen and her workers on naturally drawn comb (foundationless).  This frame came out of a bait hive.
Photo: Bee Rescue- a one month old hive in a house wall
Photo: Bait hive colony installed in a 10 frame box
Photo: Rescued colony installed in 10 frame box (with bee vac components)
Photo: Combining two small swarms with newspaper.
Photo: Young hive building up
Photo: Young hives that have built up a few weeks into the nectar flow.
Photo: wax grafting cups on cell bar
Photo: Frames to graft from.