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Monday, June 06, 2011

Inspecting the Swarm Hive


Here it sits, in the yellow paint of our farm hives, with markings on the front to help with orientation.  I haven't really checked on this hive.  So today I decided to see how they are doing.



Inside I was treated to views of beautiful comb and happy bees.  Did not see the queen, but did see eggs in almost every cell.



Some of the comb was cross-combed and broke off as I separated the frames.  I used rubber bands to hold it in place so that the bees can do repair work.



Made me sick that some of the broken off comb was larvae.  I carefully rubber-banded it back in also.



While in the yard, I checked on Colony Square which is now so tall that I will have to use a ladder to add another box, and they need one.

Below is Lenox Pointe.  They haven't finished working their empty box, but comb was being built quite well.  They don't need another box yet, but at the rate they are going, another box should grace their top by the weekend.

This is quite a honey summer in Atlanta.


Beautiful comb being built in Lenox Pointe.


And a closer view of the clear nectar being put up in this hive.


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3 comments:

  1. These hives are awesome! Glad you are having a good honey summer. As always, thanks for all the posting you do on this. I am so sad that I am having to pollenate my own squash. It is scary not to see any bee activity in a very lush area.

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  2. I love watching bees festoon, and you've got a great shot of them festooning on your Lenox Pointe frame!

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  3. :) the rubber bands trick was nice

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