We are headed into autumn with four hives, which is all I ever really wanted, but I had really hoped that Grand Kids Log hive would be among the survivors. It begs the question…are smaller hives better? I’m beginning to think so. I’ve thought about partitioning off the big log hive, but then there might be air flow issues. The birdhouse bees seem to deal with lack of air flow, so maybe it won’t be an issue. Right now I’ll let nature take it’s course and hope I can attract another swarm in spring.
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Posted in Bee Video, Hives, Log hives, Natural Beekeeping, Swarms, Tree hive, Videos, Warre Hive, tagged beekeeping, bees on Oregon Coast, Grand Kids Log Hive, Log hive wood carving, Log hives, natural beekeeping, natural comb, nature photography, Steve Montana, Swarms, Verticle log hive, Warre hive, Wild pollinators, wood carving on September 25, 2015 | 4 Comments »
Posted in Bee to Flower relationship, Bee Video, Bee-loving flowers, Bumblebees, Crab spider, Macro bee video, tagged African Blue Basil, Backyard gardening, Bee Beard Log Hive, bee-loving flowers, Bees and St. John's Wort, bees on Oregon Coast, bombus Vosnesenkii, Bombus vosnesenskii, Carved log hive, crab spider, dahlia, echium, echium pininana, Grand Kids Log Hive, Hypearls St. John's Wort, iPhone 6 video, Leaf Cutter bees, Lobelia, Nepeta, Phacelia, Tower of Jewels, Walker's Low on July 30, 2015 | 9 Comments »
I could have shot a bunch of stills of these bees pollinating flowers, but the video together with the music conveys so much more.
I hope you especially enjoy the leaf cutter bees demonstrating their petal cutting abilities and the crab spider attacking the honeybee…and missing! Hooray!
I shot some more video today (August 7) to show that the bees are still going strong on the African Blue Basil in August. It’s good to have something for them after the main nectar flow of blackberries. Jeff Kerker says that the African Blue Basil will produce flowers all summer.
Posted in Bee to Flower relationship, Bee Video, Bee-loving flowers, Music video, Natural Beekeeping, Videos, tagged bee-loving flowers, bees and poppies, bees on Oregon Coast, macro nature video, natural beekeeping, pollinators, poppy pollination, Sanyo Xacti, Wild pollinators on June 20, 2015 | 6 Comments »
Posted in Bee to Flower relationship, Bee-loving flowers, Natural Beekeeping, Videos, tagged bee-loving flowers, beekeeping, bees on Oregon Coast, Gardening, honey bees on March 25, 2015 | 8 Comments »
Posted in Bee to Flower relationship, Bee Video, Bee-loving flowers, Music video, Natural Beekeeping, Videos, tagged bee-loving flowers, bees and hebe, bees in November, bees on Oregon Coast, bees pollinating hebes, East Virginia Blues, GaelaMae On The Bluffs, honey bees, macro nature video, pollinators, Steve Montana, Sweet Insurance Agency, Wild pollinators on November 8, 2014 | 6 Comments »
While the east coast is getting hammered by the polar vortex cold weather, the west coast is enjoying warm sunny days into early November. At this time of year there are very few sources of nectar, so it’s good that the honeybees are getting a lot from the hebes. Nectar provides an important energy source (carbohydrate) for the bees.
Many thanks to Steve Montana who has let me use his musical talents as background to the video. “GaelaMae On The Bluffs” was written by Steve and the banjo music was written by Buell Kasey back in the late 1800’s. Watch Steve Montana play banjo at the beginning of Sustainable World. Click on “Soldier’s Joy.”
Posted in Bee to Flower relationship, Bee Video, Bee-loving flowers, tagged bee-loving flowers, bees on Oregon Coast, honey bees, Log hive wood carving, Log hives, macro nature video, natural beekeeping, pollinators, Verticle log hive, Warre hive, Wild pollinators, wood carving on November 6, 2014 | 7 Comments »
Many thanks to Steve Montana for permission to use his music.
Posted in Natural Beekeeping, Warre Hive, tagged bees on Oregon Coast, Brood Break, Deformed wing virus, honey bees, natural beekeeping, pollinators, Varroa mites, Warre hive, Warre hives on October 2, 2014 | 18 Comments »
I’ve seen a hive get robbed. It isn’t pretty. Once it starts there’s no stopping it. If it did get robbed, I was planning to take the new comb, freeze it (in case of wax moths), and save for future bait hives.
July and August came and went. No robbing took place. A swarm from my log hive presented itself on August 6. I contemplated combining it with this weak hive, but in the end, that swarm went into Bee Beard log hive of it’s own accord.
Could this mean the hive has come back? Could it be that by taking this long brood break, the hive has reduced the varroa mite population naturally and now has started building up it’s numbers again?
A look through the observation windows in the back of the hive shows the top box full of empty comb, the middle box being full of bees and comb, and the bottom box with bees and old comb. The question is…why aren’t the bees working the empty comb in the top box?
A short video showing how fast the honeycomb built up. Luckily we are having an Indian summer into October. I’m athinking I won’t have to feed this hive this year as our winters are fairly mild and they have honey stores now.