Well, I have once again been bad and neglected the blog. Sorry about that. I have been very busy though. And I wanted to share with you my first beehive. Below are the photos taken today. This is just after two weeks time from the initial installation of the bee package. We brought a pure European queen and intend on keeping the hive free of African genetics, which is of course a concern in our area. My buddy Geoffrey (partner in bee crime) took these excellent photos. Enjoy!
Here you see the purchased foundation (wax sheet) and thicker comb that bees did more or less freeform
Here I'm examining comb that is mostly honey
These cells are stores for a great variety of local pollens
Holding the frame to the sun allows me to see the comb very clearly
We left too much space between frames initially and the bees made this big comb by attaching it to the lid of the hive, it fell off when I opened the hive.
Same large section of comb that is not attached to a frame. You can see honey and capped brood cells!
Same comb, upper section close-up, lots of yummy honey. I later wired this comb into a frame. Conform damn it!
Here I'm gently brushing the bees away from the comb. Notice the centrally located brood cells. We have a good queen!
Capped and uncapped brood cells
This frame has from top to bottom: uncapped honey, pollen stores and empty drawn out comb
Here she is, the queen has a gold mark on her back. Even though I have set this frame aside she doesn't stop laying for a second.
More queen action
Here some spilled honey is being conserved (gobbled up) by this worker. Geoffrey and I had a little taste. You could tell the honey wasn't quite ready but it was delicious and decidedly HONEY!
HONEY HONEY HONEY!
Another nice close-up. Did I mention how proud we are of our girls?!