Monthly Archives: May 2012

Bee-Wildered…and no Queen!

Bee-wildered!   A new friend and fellow beekeeper came over yesterday to assist with my hive check.  It was great to have an extra pair of hands and eyes to search for the elusive queen.  I had looked for her … Continue reading

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May 24, 2012 Hive Check

Things did not look good this morning when I took a look at the bottom board of my hive.  The first thing I noticed was an accumulation of debris sprinkling the floor and about ten dead bees (at least they … Continue reading

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May 14, 2012 Hive Check

May 15, 2012 Yesterday I decided to tackle some of my beekeeping “stuff” that I’d been putting off.  I saw that it was going to be a nice warm day and needed to look in my beehive and make sure … Continue reading

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Today’s Daily “Bumble!”

(Yellow-Faced Bumble Bee or Bombus vosnesenskii) (Yellow-Faced Bumble Bee or Bombus vosnesenskii) My walk yesterday left me pondering some things about the Bumble Bee.  As I took a slow hike up the Young Hill Trail at San Juan Island National Historical Park, … Continue reading

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Bumble bees are important pollinators too!

                                Bombus mixtus ~ San Juan Island, WA                                   … Continue reading

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Tattered Wings

  As I sat in front of my beehive taking photos this afternoon, I had a kafka-esque moment wishing I could enter the queen’s domain, compelling me to shrink myself into a tiny, winged molecule of this superorganism.  The activity … Continue reading

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May 5, 2012 ~ This Morning’s Rescues

May 5, 2012: This morning’s rescues… I check my hive in the a.m. for any little bees that might have not quite made it back into the hive the night before. Sometimes they get back late and can have trouble … Continue reading

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