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Posted in Bees on August 27th, 2012

I was inspired at EAS to try to take some more photos of my hives. I captured a photo of this bee leaving the hive with a mite on his back.

Bee with Mite on back



EAS at Burlington, VT

Posted in Bees on August 17th, 2012

I had a great couple of days at EAS in Burlington, VT. Like always there were world class speakers and a wonderful friendly atmosphere. We entered several items into the honey show and were please with the results. The two pound block of wax placed second, with judges remarks of a nice smell and color. The spring harvest came in sixth, with a score of 92/100. There were perfect scores for flavor and color.

 

2 Lb block of wax



3 hives removed in one day.

Posted in Bees on August 2nd, 2012

A homeowner in Hudson, NY is in the process of restoring a barn from the 1840’s. Two hives had moved into the back wall. The workmen could not work on the wall until the hives had been removed. The homeowner stressed the importance of not damaging the barn or cutting the original wood boards.

Working on a board

It took about 90 minutes of slowly prying out hand made square nails before the top of the hive was exposed. Most of the original nails were able to be reused when replacing the boards.

Due to a problem with the camera no photos of the first hive being removed. After removing all the bees and comb the walls were cleaned and insulation put into place. The second hive on the left is almost completely exposed.

The second hive ready for removal. The bees had done an excellent job of using propolis to seal up any drafty cracks in the walls.

pollen frame

A wonderful looking pollen frame,  just before being cut out and placed into a frame.

As we were removing the third hive a camera man from CBS Albany stopped by. Sadly they didn’t air anything about the SABA swarm line but it is still good press for honey bees. http://www.cbs6albany.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_2236.shtml