Carpenter Bee in Bee hive

Posted in Bees on June 28th, 2011

Carpenter bee in hive

 

I was surprised when I took off the cover to find a Carpenter bee had worked its way into the hive. The honey bees had managed to kill it but they hadn’t figured out how to remove it yet. Luckily this has been the worst “pest” I have found in the hive this year.



Hatched Queen

Posted in Bees on June 19th, 2011

Hatched queen cell

To help prevent swarming and increase my number of hives, I split a hive three ways.  I wasn’t impressed with the queen so I wanted raise a queen from a strong performing hive.  I took a frame of eggs from the good hive and placed it into a queenless nuc. The nuc created at least 12 queen cells. Once they were capped, I cut several queen cells out of the frame and placed them into the splits. This was not as easy as it appears. I had to cut into many brood cells around the queen cells. It proved a challenge  to try and separate the cells without damaging them.   I took the cells and used tooth picks to attach the queen cells to a frame.  These cells have recently hatched and I hope to see a laying queen soon.



Pollinator Week- June 20-26, 2011

Posted in Bees, Neat Idea on June 16th, 2011

Poster

June 20th is Pollinator Week. It is a great time to reach out to your community and neighbors to educate them about native pollinators. Pollinator.org has a wealth of information including guides for planting pollinator gardens and ordering posters. The US Fish and Wildlife Service’s website also has information regarding natural pollinators. Including a fun flash game for children.