Bees are making progress

The lazy bees have finally decided to make a full comb of honey. Now if we can get to repeat that act a few more times they might make it though the winter.


The hive is boiling over with bees, and there is a ton of purple loostrife and golden rod for them to chow down on. They should be buckling down and getting to work.

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Purple Loostrife actually makes green nectar. I had hoped to see some when I peeked in on Saturday, but it was all golden colored. (I am well aware of how evil purple loostrife is; I don’t feel the need to discuss it here)


It looks like black pollen packed in the bottom. I’ve read that tulips have very dark pollen, but its rather late in the year for that. I also read that the bees will sometimes pack back coal dust, but where would they find coal around here?

I only looked at the last few bars to see the new comb was being build straight.


They’re still building away. This is the first comb I’ve seen them drawing out in more then one place at once. The otherones have always grown from one central point.


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Sam Comfort did a demonstration on making splits.


He used a follower board in the middle, so the split hive just moved into the other half of the hive. He moved the old queen to the “new hive”, then introduced a virgin queen to the “old hive”


I forget weather or not he said to just makes sure both sides had the means to make a new queen and it won’t matter which hive she winds up in, or if I read that somewhere else. At any rate I feel like you should know where the queen went so you can do some basic tracking of your bee’s family tree. Sam’s system was based on colored thumbtacks to indicate lineage, and then the position on the hive to show if the queen was mated or not.

Comb from TBH

Did you notice the lack of protective clothing on audience members and presenters?

And no event with Sam Comfort is complete without some music.

July 21st Already?

I think I’ve been absent for too long. I haven’t been feeling too stellar, but I’m back in action now. I have been spinning for the tour de fleece and sewed up a pair of shorts for myself. I just took a quick peek at the bees and they are working on building out bar 10. They have even started to store nectar in it already.


They really don’t have much honey stored and I’m a bit worried that they won’t have enough stores for winter. I will just have to cross my fingers and hope.

Bee Update

In the preserving pandemonium of the past few days I completely forgot about the hive inspection I did on Friday. They are building comb like crazy and there is a ton of capped brood. It seems like the queen has made herself quite busy laying in every available cell. I don’t know if its a direct result of that or not but there was very little honey and pollen in the hive. I know that Italians are egg laying machines, but I was hoping that they would eventually store some honey for the winter. I’ve got my fingers crossed and will check in again in a few weeks.

I recently cut somewhere between 15 and 20 inches of hair off. Previously when I wore my big full space man bee suit I would wear a baseball cap under it to keep the brim of the veil where I like it… otherwise it slides down and obstructs my view. I would put my hair in a bun and it would anchor my baseball cap in place. Now I have no bun and no anchoring device and it was quite annoying. from now on we are going back to wearing jeans and my jacket.


Picture recycled to provide some contrast on the jacket vs suit.

Last night around dusk I went out to check on my hive and noticed there was a fair bit of bearding going on. I suppose the bees are sick of the heat too.


Jake Wanted to See the Bees

These are from Saturday, my mom took these pictures from what she deemed a safe distance.





That’s my super awesome frame stand. Its made up of bubble gum buckets I got from someone at my office. I was using it to point out things to Jake since he did not want to hold the bar.


Jake took some pictures too including this one with various size larva and some capped brood. If you wonder over to flickr there are a few more I didn’t share. Also clicking pictures should bring you to the flickr page where you can view gigantic versions.