Honey Bees, Bumble Bees and Yellow Jackets eating together

Posted in Bees, Photo Friday on September 9th, 2013

After our extracting party, the massive task of cleaning and sterilizing everything starts. Part of the process is rinsing out the honey and small wax pieces from the extractor and uncapping tub. The honey water was dumped at the edge of the garden. I short time later, there appeared wide array of foragers. They eagerly lapped up the any remaining sweet water. What surprised me the most was the different species tended to stick together. Honey bees would form tight head down clusters. The Bumble Bees would wander around but always within a hand span of each other. The few Yellow Jackets would stay towards the outside edge and move must quicker.

Bumble Bees, Honey Bees, and Yellow Jackets

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.



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.