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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

My 1st Inspection

I've finally inspected my hive. It was incredible. I cracked open the cover, smokeded them and proceded to remove and replace frames without a single sting. I did manage to get some pretty cool comb though. It's all created by how I introduced the queen bee. She's in this little cage and the bees have to eat through a rock candy plug. It gives them about a week to accept their queen but durring the introduction I loose the use of one frame. In that gap the bees built a huge peice of comb that you can see in the photos literally hanging off the side of a frame. Not shown is when that peice of comb slid right off the frame and onto the ground with a couple hundred bees on it. Needless to say, the bees didn't like that and my cammera woman, who wasn't wearing her veil had to back off to avoid getting stung. In the next few hours after the hive inspection all the bees that fell to the ground made it back into the hive.

There was about four pounds of syrup stored in that peice of comb and I'm sure that's why it failed...or, it could have been that I tore it's main support when I removed the hive cover. Anyways, I found the queen: she appeared healthy and had been freed from her cage. The photos are pretty much self explanatory so, enjoy.



Blogger G4st said...

Check this out.

11:41 PM, June 18, 2005  
Blogger The Beekeeper said...

That's pretty cool. Have you seen that pic where a colony of bees swarm into a jet engine?

7:22 AM, June 19, 2005  
Blogger The Beekeeper said...

Bad News...ON the NBC report tonight they said that Africanized honeybees have made it to my area of Florida. They'll move into the county I'm in by next spring! I'm being non specific cause I don'd want anyone I don't know knowing where I am.

2:17 PM, June 20, 2005  

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