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Sunday, January 25, 2009

A Christmas Bee

My oldest daughter, her husband and my grandson gave me this fabulous bee bird house for Christmas. I hung it above the bee yard. Since the beeyard is on my deck and already pretty high up, it may be too high for a bird to decide to live there, but it looks like the perfect giant bee to inspire my bees to grow and prosper, so there she hangs!

Here's a closer look. The hole for the birds is between the wings and a perch sticks out below - not a great picture, but she's a great addition to my apiary!

Meanwhile on the deck in front of the hives lie the winter dead. It looks like a calamity has happened but just represents the dead bees that the mortician bees take out of the hive all winter. During the summer, they also carry out the dead but often carry them farther away from the hive's front door. In winter, I imagine they are relieved to be able to get the bodies out of the hive and don't care about the proximity to the hive.

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  1. how neat. I had no idea they removed the dead.

  2. Adorable bird house!!
    Do you then remove the dead bees from the deck?

  3. No, several wrens take up the task of bee removal - they seem to enjoy the snack!

  4. Maybe the wrens will move into the house....

  5. I hope the wrens move it - for them it would be like living right above a gourmet restaurant!

  6. hi ma'am! Ive been surprised to you being a beekeeper! Its all interesting on what you have done because its hard to feed bees. Just wanna be your friend here in the Philippines! see uh!


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