Matt came today to check on the "girls" (yes, honey bees are all female). Since he was here - I thought I'd finally take some photos. I got stung twice in the process. Once a bee flew in my sleeve and while it hurt a bit it went away quickly. But then one got caught in my hair and I couldn't get it out. She stung me but good - it has hurt all afternoon. Even so - having the hive in my yard has been really cool this year. I hope they make it through the winter.
The Bee Man:
Removing the frames:
Matt gave me a bit of Propolis - a kind of resinus adhesive the bees make from tree sap to seal the hive. It is very sticky - but has a lot of healing properties. It is a natural anti-biotic and can be ingested in tea or ? I sort of sucked on it like a lozenge and had enough after about 10 minutes. It's got a funny taste. It's like cheap chewing gum that is good for the first 5 minutes - and then quickly looses it's charm.
A frame full of honey:
A frame not full of honey:
A frame with larva:
Reassembling the hive:
Making the hive mouse proof:
Jacques was, at first, very excited about a visitor and then realized he should stay the heck out of the way. Here he is watching things from the back door.
At one point a bee chased me pretty seriously - so I ran to the front of the yard and saw this butterfly noshing on an echinacea flower: