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Saturday, September 09, 2006

Brushing off the bees to harvest the comb

When I first take a frame out of the super to harvest the comb, it is covered with bees. First I stand right in front of the hive from which the frame came and shake the frame hard at least twice to shake the bees onto the entrance of the hive.

Next I walk the frame away from the hive and over to the empty super where I am collecting the filled frames. I use my yellow bristled bee brush to brush the bees off of the frame. It's hard to take such a picture while I am by myself.

In the first picture you see the bee brush and the now almost free of bees frame.
In the second picture I am brushing the bees off of the comb. The brush is a blur. This is one of the advantages of the fact that my digital camera has a moment between my pushing the button and the picture actually occurring. I pushed the button with the brush in my hand and quickly (too quickly obviously) returned my brush to action by the time the shutter opened and closed! Posted by Picasa

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