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Friday, August 05, 2005

A Foul Odor and even Worse Feeling

I went to see and pick up this hive that I've been ranting about for the past few days. I had to rent a moving truck just so I could bring it the was back to its new location. After a ride there which only increased my anticipation I opened the door, grabbed a flashlight and headed to the area of the property the owner said the hive was at. Just fifty feet from the truck I could tell something was wrong. The air had a smell resembling rotting fruit; a pungent odor. I walked up to the hive, noticed no bees were at the enterence and knocked on the side to see if any were home. The smell had gotten stronger. I placed my ear on the side of the hive and thumped some more; not a buzz could be heared. Then I shined my flashlight at the enterence and saw something that made me lose hope in getting this hive; SHB larvae. These little worms cover everything in slime and cause the honey to ooze out of its cell. Everything begins to rot when they're around. I grabbed my hive tool and tried to pry a box apart. I looked up and noticed that there was a large chunk of granite on top. I lifted it off and found that the top super was covered in fire ants. I then cracked the propolis between the box and the one below it and was met with an odor so foul it could make a sewer rat puke. Discouraged I called the owner and said,"When last did you check on you're hive?"
"Oh about a month ago."
"Well...they're dead..."
Just to show you what the hive looked like I took a few photos of the hive and the enterence. On the enterence photos you can see the pool of slime just oozing off the bottom board.



Blogger j00|{z said...

That's horrible. What did the owner do?

3:45 PM, August 06, 2005  
Blogger The Beekeeper said...

Nothing. He last checked them a month ago so I think they either swarmed and were to weak to defent the hive or they were paracitized by Varroa mites untill they all died and therefor, couldn't defend the nest. The good news about this is that I will be able to expand my apiary next year after I gain more experience.

8:34 PM, August 06, 2005  
Blogger j00|{z said...

Does he owe you?

6:28 PM, August 07, 2005  
Blogger The Beekeeper said...

No. He had moved to Alabama and was giving me the bees and equipment for free. granted the truck rental fees were about $50.00 but, I'm not going to ask for anything. The only reason I didn't take the equipment is that it would contaminate my apiary with thousands if not millions of little pests that destroy honeybee hives.

6:59 PM, August 07, 2005  
Blogger G4st said...

That is raunchy man...
There was a cool bee picture in the classifieds today.

8:51 PM, August 07, 2005  

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