Monday, August 07, 2006

bees

I finally got a veil so I am no longer beekeeping like a fool.

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Although I still wear shorts and a t-shirt and sandals so maybe I am only marginally less foolish. Here I have just puffed some smoke between the two boxes and am about to lift off the second story.

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Lifting out the second frame.

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Cute little bees! The white stuff on the frame is capped honey. The yellow caps have baby bees underneath, pupating; the more brownish ones are older and will emerge soon. If you look at the bottom towards the left you can sort of see some uncapped brood - it is like a big grub curled up there in the cell.

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3 comments:

the knitrider said...

so freakin fascinating!! i love the giant moth hangin out on your veil!

heather said...

Those moths are nuts, they like the hang out inside the overhangs of the outer cover so that when I take it off about six of them fly out.

Evan Kessler said...

I feel as though I'm learning about bees. Learning is fun.