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| 8 Comments »
According to Wikipedia… “The soft, fine-grained wood of tulip trees is known as “poplar” (short for “yellow poplar”) in the U.S., but marketed abroad as “American tulipwood” or by other names. It is very widely used where a cheap, easy-to-work and stable wood is needed. The sapwood is usually a creamy off-white color. While the heartwood is usually a pale green, it can take on streaks of red, purple, or even black; depending on the extractives content (i.e. the soil conditions where the tree was grown, etc.). It is clearly the wood of choice for use in organs, due to its ability to take a fine, smooth, precisely cut finish and so to effectively seal against pipes and valves. It is also commonly used for siding clapboards. Its wood may be compared in texture, strength, and softness to white pine.
Used for interior finish of houses, for siding, for panels of carriages, for coffin boxes, pattern timber, and wooden ware. During scarcity of the better qualities of white pine, tulip wood has taken its place to some extent, particularly when very wide boards are required.
It also has a reputation for being resistant to termites, and in the Upland South (and perhaps elsewhere) house and barn sills were often made of tulip poplar beams.”
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 Autumn Joy sedum, bees and borage, bees and Phacelia, bees and Sedum, Ctenucha multifaria, leaf cutter, Megachile centuncularis, Mock Orange tree and bees, Phacelia, sunflowers on September 4, 2014| 8 Comments »