Sunday, July 27, 2014
This is a frame where the queen as laid her eggs. The nurse bees are capping the cells to allow them to grow and hatch out later.
I like the mentor class because we all meet together at a designated bee yard where there are about 10 hives. Our mentor gives a talk, we get to ask questions and we inspect our hives together. We also check our hives by ourselves at 10 day to 2 week intervals. When we first placed our hives we had to take sugar water out every 10 days. Once the flowers began to bloom, and nectar flow, we removed our water feeders.
You can see now that it is the end of July, my two box hive is now four. The third box is full of honey for the bees winter stores. The fourth was added a couple of weeks ago in hopes they would save me a little! Our class meets August 2 and we will remove our honey for our on personal use. Each frame yields a quart of honey and I hope I have at least a couple.
My hive comes home in August, and since I have been working with the hives I see that bees are really calm, and should pose no threat to us or our neighbors.
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