Archive for February, 2014

Module 8 Study Notes Updated

February 19, 2014

I have updated a couple of tables, a picture and a typo.

Module 8 Study Notes.pdf

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Evidence that a colony is alive

February 18, 2014

There are at least 4 ways of telling if a colony is alive without opening up the hive:

1. Evidence of cleansing flights on cars or washing

2. Wax crumbs under the hive (need open mesh floor)

3. Dead bees in front of entrance, bees doing housekeeping and throwing out the dead

4. Bees flying

These photos were all shot today in the apiary with a temperature of 8°C.

Bees out on the flowers

February 16, 2014

Such a beautiful Spring day my bees were out foraging on flowers in the garden.

The aconites open up when in full sun and the bed of flowers fills with bees, similarly with the crocus and hellebore.