Purple Loosestrife

Posted in Bees, Photo Friday on August 21st, 2013

I know Purple Loosestrife is an invasive plant which is crowding into wetlands. However the bees just love it. Remember that honey bees are “invasive” to North America, so they tend to really do well on other invasive plants.

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Move a bee hive, a little at a time

Posted in Bees, Photo Friday on August 16th, 2013

The hive looks like it could be bearding on a hot summer day. However it was actually caused by moving the hive about 16″ to the right. I am slowly walking this hive to a new location about 15′ away. Every few days, 30 to 60 minutes after I move the hive all the returning bees have clustered at the top entrance. A short while later all the bees have moved inside.

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Video of a queen hatching.

Posted in Bees on August 10th, 2013

Honey Bee Queen Hatching from Blue Line Apiary on Vimeo.