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Robber Bees

Robber Bees

Honey bees are inherent hoarders… Honey…….is what they like to hoard…….their own…….as well as others… They organize raids and hits on other bee hives… ………….it’s a bee-thing. *****Robber Bees Explained*****(they are so mean) The trick is to have a strong enough hive who is able to protect itself & ward off other robber bees. They need to be able to protect their own hive along with its honey stores. Otherwise there will be honey-loss along with the loss of life…

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~~~Bee Death Up-Date~~~

~~~Bee Death Up-Date~~~

  My bees seem to be okay… (…..even with the tower of brood boxes almost falling over on me in our recent maritally-debacled attempt to lift the hives up higher.) But globally there’s a BIG problem brewing with the world’s honey bees and the Monarch Butterflies too… *****Record Number Of Honey Bee Death***** I’m hoping my little country-bumpkin bees will be able to avoid pesticide poisonings, damage from the microwave towers,  and/or confusion from a potential pole-shift… As much as…

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“Dorian” (et al) & The Bees

“Dorian” (et al) & The Bees

****NOAA’s Atlantic Update***** What was dry in December, is not dry now… What was dry in March, is not dry now… The same in June… And most of July… But not now.   When I set up the bee hives, I picked a “higher” spot in the goat pasture…….(let’s face it—–the goat pasture is synonymous with “the back swamp”.)…….(“swamp” being the operative word) I even put the hives up on two cement blocks. But even without a hurricane, we are…

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The Waggle Dance

The Waggle Dance

  I’m keeping a close eye on my bees… The boogers seem to be okay… They seem to be thriving… I’ve added yet another tier to their hives.  They each have a three-floor walk-up now… But I’m still worried………….(it’s in my nature) After the recent strong earthquakes in California, I’ve seen videos of bees dying there.   The bees spin and circle on the ground and then die………….for no apparent reason… Those videos are on top of the other videos…

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Grumpy Bees

Grumpy Bees

      Did you know that honey bees get grumpy on cloudy days? And don’t plan on opening their hive when it’s raining…….it would be rude and they would make sure you regretted it. I’m getting into stride with my regular hive-care. Our rainy season is here in sub-tropical Florida. I had forgotten about the “grumpy-bee syndrome”……………..but they enthusiastically reminded me of it. They are happy bees when it is sunny (not too windy)-(no rain)-(no clouds)………………like I said, sunny……….

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The Value Of A Marble

The Value Of A Marble

The Value of a Marble…   Often it’s the small things in life that make the world go around… Quite often it’s easy to miss them…   Some can’t be seen, but they can be important and pivotal… A drop of lavender oil on a light bulb.  The paperclip that holds up the fly on your favorite jeans. A prayer, a thought, a thank you.     Here’s one that helped so much recently…   A marble……….in my hives. My…

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Queen Bee

Queen Bee

Everyone says beekeeping is so easy… They say things like:   ***You just have to get used to it…   ***It’ll become second nature with time…       ***With practice it’ll be easy to tell the difference between worker bees, new worker bees, drones, & the Queen…     “They” say these things while they’re sitting on lawn chairs in the middle of their bee yard while wearing bikinis and speedos…   HA! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ It’s NOT easy! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Here:…

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Back to the Bees

Back to the Bees

  We’re coming up to Week #2.  The beasles still haven’t absconded. They’re still here! They’re super busy……………(I love saying this——-wait for it——-here it comes…) You know……………..busy as bees… Okay, it wasn’t as funny that time… Yesterday I installed appropriately-made, hive-entrance reducers. I’m sure my cut up quarter-round scrap wood was doing just fine. But if the bees leave, I’d like to think I did everything right this time…     (No thanks to Monsanto/Bayer.)     Like I said…

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Swilling Tea & Watching Bees

Swilling Tea & Watching Bees

  What a great way to start the day… I wandered to the back with my first cup of tea to where the hives are… Of course, I had to navigate around a multitude of dog-bombs on the ground in various degrees of disintegration.     Plus I had to maneuver around the Wolfhounds themselves (the ones who produced the bombs)……………all of whom wanted to trip me up and steal my tea………………..bad beasties!   Having successfully made it to the…

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My Bees Are Here…..My Bees Are Home!!!

My Bees Are Here…..My Bees Are Home!!!

  All of the pre-prep has been done. My head has healed (I think), but there’s a new divot in it now.   I’ve been up in the hayloft collecting supers. I was in the back of the wagon shed pulling out frames and brood boxes.     My younger daughter and I have been brushing off and dusting off and generally cleaning all of the doo-dahs that the honey bees will need in their spacious new homes here. The…

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