The warmer weather got many people out of their homes and bees out of the hive (though to their peril). If they can make it through the next blast of chill, they will welcome spring with open arms.
With it being 40F today, I cracked open the hive on the right to see how they were managing for the season before I left to run errands. Whether or not this was a good idea, time will only tell. I came home to bees spilling put of the top entrance; many left to expire, while many more appeared to have left on a cleansing flight, thus coating our backyard snowscape with bee poo.
We have been experiencing record breaking artic temps for some weeks, with tomorrow slated to be the coldest in a decade. I put my ear up to the hives this morning to hear the gentle hums of living hives. Fingers crossed that this will still be the case next week.
Despite a lengthy arctic blast, the gals seem to be doing OK. Some had left the hive to dutifully expire outside the hive on this warm (19F) day, but otherwise things appear in tip top shape!
Honey never ever ever goes bad. However, if cold enough, it will crystallize, just like this 30# bucket of solid honey.
A Portuguese designer has developed a device for detecting cancer using trained bees. The bees are placed in a glass chamber which the patient exhales from.
Bees are ready for winter. I hope to see most of you in March!
It’s no secret that Earth has got a lot of problems and, if you live here, you already know that I am talking about wasps. There are so many wasps here. Each one is a problem. According to recent reports out of China, 21 people have died as a result of wasp stings over the past three months in the province of Shaanxi alone. It might be time to just pack up our bags and return to the moons we came from. Might be time to turn Earth over to the wasps.
Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years, each colony 40 to 50,000 individuals coordinated in amazing harmony. So why, seven years ago, did colonies start dying en masse? Marla Spivak reveals four reasons which are interacting with tragic consequences. This is not simply a problem because bees pollinate a third of the worldâs crops. Could this incredible species be holding up a mirror for us?
The last hurrah-pulling the late summer supers.