We planted fennel this year to attract bees and butterflies. We never saw the butterflies, but we spotted the caterpillars and later on the bees.
Posted in Bee Video, Bee-loving flowers, Butterflies, Natural Beekeeping, Videos, tagged "Old Friends-Old Songs", bee-loving flowers, Bees on fennel, bees on Oregon Coast, caterpillar on fennel, Fennel, Gardening, John Fullerton, Kirk Schumacher, Michael Marlow, natural beekeeping on September 24, 2014 | 7 Comments »
Posted in Log hives, Natural Beekeeping, Swarms, tagged bees on Oregon Coast, hive temperature, Log hive wood carving, Log hives, natural beekeeping, Swarms, Verticle log hive, wood carving on September 8, 2014 | 19 Comments »
I’ve looked at various charts explaining Bee Math, but I like the way Michael Bush puts it best…”If a hive just swarmed today, how long before the new queen is laying? Assuming this was the primary swarm, it usually leaves the day the first queen cell gets capped. So that means a new queen will emerge in 8 days. That queen may leave with another swarm or the workers may allow her to kill all the others and stay. Assuming she kills all the others (which are staggered in age, so they will emerge at different times if they do afterswarm) then she should be laying most likely two weeks later. So that’s about three weeks give or take a week. (two to four weeks).”
Bee-atrice swarmed a month and two days ago. That makes it 33 days…(well past four weeks) She had built up fast having gotten occupied by a wild swarm only two months prior on June 6, 2014.
Maybe I’m wrong, but math is math, and the numbers don’t look good for Bee-atrice.
Posted in Bee to Flower relationship, Bee Video, Bee-loving flowers, Log hives, Natural Beekeeping, tagged bee tree, bee-loving flowers, beekeeping, bees in tree, bees on dahlias, bees on Oregon Coast, collarette dahlias, dahlia, Feral bees, giraffe pattern dahlia, honey bees, honeybees in a tree, Mignon dahlia, natural beekeeping, orchette dahlia, Wild pollinators on August 26, 2014 | 12 Comments »
Kathy grows dahlias…lots of them. Knowing of my interest in bees, she has explained how bees have helped her to grow different kinds of dahlias. For many years, she hand pollinated the dahlias she wanted to hybridize. About a year and a half ago, a swarm of bees chose a nearby cedar tree as their future home and started visiting her dahlias. Kathy says she gets much better results from the bees’ pollination. She collected the seeds after pollination and grew over 2500 kinds. Of the 2500, she will select only about 100 that make the grade. (I’m glad I don’t have to decide, I like them all.)
Posted in Log hives, Swarms, Videos, tagged Bee-atrice Log Hive, bees on Oregon Coast, Brian Vorwaller, honey bees, Log hive wood carving, Log hives, natural beekeeping, natural comb, Verticle log hive, wood carving on June 17, 2014 | 11 Comments »
While I was out of town, a huge prime swarm chose Bee-atrice Log Hive for a home. I knew if we waited long enough, we’d get lucky…I just wish I could have witnessed the swarm moving in. Bee-atrice was happy. She had been rejected twice. I had tried to console her after she had been rejected by two small swarms that I had given her. I told her that “rejection” might more appropriately be referred to as “redirection.” Those small swarms would not have made it anyway. I told her that she just had to be patient until the right swarm came along.
Drones dropping down every time I uncover the observation window…
Posted in Bee to Flower relationship, Bee-loving flowers, Bumblebees, Music video, Natural Beekeeping, Poached Egg Meadowfoam, Videos, tagged bee-loving flowers, beekeeping, bees and borage, bees and Cascara Buckthorn, bees and Cotoneaster, Bees and Hidcote Hypericum, Bees and Huckleberry blossoms, bees and lavender, Bees and Meadowfoam, Bees and New Zealand Cabbage blossoms, Bees and Pink Chintz Thyme, Bees and St. John's Wort, bees on Oregon Coast, bombus flavifrons video, bombus melanopygus video, Bombus vosnesenskii, growing flowers for the bees and butterflies, honey bees, macro nature video, natural beekeeping, pollinators, Wild pollinators, Yellow-faced Bumble Bee on May 31, 2014 | 2 Comments »
Posted in Hives, Log hives, Natural Beekeeping, Swarms, Videos, tagged beekeeping, bees on Oregon Coast, Capturing a swarm, honey bees, Log hive wood carving, Log hives, natural beekeeping, Verticle log hive, wood carving on May 21, 2014 | 4 Comments »
By late afternoon, all the bees returned to the tree hive.
Could it be that the queen can’t/won’t fly? It came from a swarm, so I know it’s wings haven’t been clipped. I guess I’ll find out in the next few days what is going on, but if a more experienced beekeeper wants to hazard a guess, I’d be curious.
In looking back at where this swarm originated from…from my log hive, on April 18, 2013. The swarm picked this patch of bamboo to settle in.
Posted in Bee to Flower relationship, Bee-loving flowers, Natural Beekeeping, Poached Egg Meadowfoam, Swarms, Videos, Warre Hive, tagged bee-loving flowers, beekeeping, bees on Oregon Coast, honey bees, macro nature video, Mary Schamehorn, Mayor of Bandon, natural beekeeping, nature photography, poached egg meadowfoam, swarm, Warre hive, Wild pollinators on May 16, 2014 | 10 Comments »
…that’s when she called me.
Okay, I’ve got to move the birdhouse out of the bee garden because, well, we’ve got to be able to weed and water without the bees buzzing us. After two days, I pre-dug a post hole, waited til night and ‘posted’ the birdhouse among the ferns about 20 feet away. (Something most beekeepers would tell you NOT to do because the bees might not be able to find their way back to the hive.) I stuffed tissue paper into the entrance hole so the bees would notice something was different. They would have to make orientation flights all over again. I’m thinking that maybe the Warre was too close to the birdhouse…if I move it away, maybe they will want it more. My wife said I was crazy to think that. I says, ‘maybe,’ but we’ve got to get it out of the way.
Mayor Mary’s side of the story… (Scroll towards the bottom til you see the birdhouse swarm)