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Chilly Flashbacks 2018

The newly distributed bees in the last post reminded of some of our earlier adventures that did not get shared earlier this spring–or extended winter as it turned out.  Generally images of bee transportation in an Iowan late March don’t have snow as the featured background. I guess they are still pretty in their way!

Bobcat Unloading Hives 2018

All Unloaded, Thanks Bobcat!

March was also not the end of the snow….I think there were roughly a half dozen subsequent experiences with the fluffy white stuff in the first half of April.  It was a good year to be young 🙂

A Happy Late-Season Snow King

By | 2018-06-17T17:21:02+00:00 June 17th, 2018|Beekeeping Blog|0 Comments

Go bees go! June 2018

The bees are moved out and boxed up.  There were several locations that caught a good flow off of black locust this year–and even if some of it stayed in the brood chambers, there were also a good number that made excellent progress in a box or two of surplus.  It has been several years since the weather cooperated decently with that first leg of the honey season, so I will count that as an auspicious event.

Here is one of the last yards we set up as June got underway.  It’s in a really pretty spot on the northern end of our circuit, including a pond about forty feet opposite the direction that the photo captures:

Duck Pond Bee Site 2018

It has bothered me a bit that my painting proclivity declined during the past few years as we got things built up for the future, so we tackled that mission anew on a pretty summer day!  Here Sammy is communing with the bees as she restores the appearance and integrity of some brood boxes 🙂 I can’t figure out a good way to insert the Facebook video, so you can check out the buzzing by clicking here! 

Sammy Restores Brood Boxes 2018!

In the meanwhile, Andrew is making sure that the truck seat does not get away….strapping up the interior of the F250 is a recent pastime of joy.  So far I have been patient with the great jumble of straps that also results from his precise security measures:

Andrew Ratchets Away!

By | 2018-06-16T18:18:00+00:00 June 16th, 2018|Beekeeping Blog|0 Comments

Beautiful Bee Pics! Spring 2018

Looking back at my pics from spring 2018, I see a few that caught my attention when I was out in the field.  As I mentioned in the last post, there were some tiny, tiny clusters this spring after the long winter. This one had twenty bees and a queen.  It is remarkable that they raised any brood at all with such a nominal number of heat generators in the nursery. I think this queen got transplanted into a queenless colony where she gained more support.

Tiny Cluster and Queen 2018

After the dandelions came along, the brood picture got uniformly more encouraging:

Beautiful Brood 2018

Very quickly–within about a month–we went from a chilly dearth to the possibility of cells

An Extra-Extended Queen Cell

And here is one of the fun sights I get to spot once or twice a year: two queens coexisting during supersedure.  One of the queens here is harder to spy, so there is a little bit of “Where’s Waldo” challenge in this one.  Good luck!

Two Queens During Supersedure

By | 2018-06-10T16:18:55+00:00 June 10th, 2018|Beekeeping Blog|0 Comments

The Triumphant Return: Bee Land 2018

Hello from Bee Team Mount Vernon!

Mount Vernon Hive Inspections–Happiness In Tow!

Well here we are in June! It was a long wait for both a new blog platform and for spring to arrive.  The winter bees essentially had to live an extra month before they got warmth and pollen in mid-April to revive their populations.  Not all of them made it through the additional trial, and I saw more tiny surviving clusters than I’ve ever witnessed in past years.  Happily the flowers have returned after a super-speedy explosion through the blossoming of dandelions, fruit trees, and locust.  Now the clovers and trefoil are opening up, though we’re not quite to peak bloom yet.  The warmth has been more promising for building up good crop potential this year.  Northern Iowa has had more rain than they want, but my location in eastern Iowa is actually slightly dry.  We will see how the balance of weather and bloom shakes out yet again.

This year I have a new recruit on the bee team….Andrew has his bee suit!  Folk buying bees during the past couple of weeks may have witnessed his early-life smoker prowess!

Birthday bee suit 2018

We decided not to make Andrew do all of the work, so there are a few other folks around to help as the picture at the top of the post suggests 🙂

I have quite a number of pictures built up from the last few months of being blogless, so I’ll try to bring everyone up to speed whenever the mood strikes!

For now, I hope everyone in the Midwest is surviving swarm season!  I fortunately got through our hives in the nick of time….though it meant catching a couple of swarms as they were departing and splitting a few hives with cells toward the end of May.  Here was my joyful swarm catching opportunity from a couple of weeks past. They both stayed in the boxes that nabbed them! I’ve only lost one or two old queens with her bees so far this year.  A late spring helped me come out on on top this time around.

Post Swarm and Tree Swarm; May 2018

By | 2018-06-09T20:00:38+00:00 June 9th, 2018|Beekeeping Blog|0 Comments

Return of the Beekeeping Blog

Welcome Back!

Earlier this year we upgraded our websites to a new and exciting look. The blog software has been another story.

This is the new blog that we will be using going forward. The older posts will remain under “Old Blog” until we are able to move those post into this new WordPress blog.

So with those formalities out of the way it is time to continue with …  Adam Ebert’s Tales of Bees!

By | 2018-06-06T02:05:44+00:00 June 3rd, 2018|Beekeeping Blog|0 Comments