A great thing about the top Bar system, no heavy lifting. I can’t stress that enough. Also routine maintenence such as supering the langstroth’s to give more room for the bees is non existent. The entire hive comes in one box, their are enough bars to prevent overcrowding. if you are a wild child like me though, you could fashion a thing I like to call “super-ing bars” where as the middle bars of the hive have knotches cut out of them to allow the bees to travel up into an additional top bar hive, thus more sweet sweet honey. Also, got me with a nice paper wasp hive. I gotta figure out what to do with it now.
GoogleMaps is hooking it up with free publicity for one of the Beehives. Advertising it worldwide from a satellite 24/7. If anyone is interested in putting their roof on the map, (literally) let me know.
Had a lot of free time today so we decided to dissect a female honeybee. Put her under the microscope and had a field day. Most bees, when they die, stick their probosces (tongue) out, and we were very fortunate to get some footage. Also we took out the stinger of the bee and despite the fact that I punctured the venom sack, the stinger was perfectly intact. The stinger is an awesome defense mechanism of the bee. So tiny yet it packs so much toxin and pain for the not so gentle. Remember though, bees will only use their stinger as a last resort, it kills them, and they know that so they rarely will use it on people.
Chris bought this cool microscope for his iphone. took a close up of a bees eye. way trippy
I was driving around at work today jamming out to some music when I decided to put on NPR. I like NPR some of the times, but usually most of it is pompous liberal crap that really doesn’t have any impact on my life especially with host’s who have names like Gian, Mal, or Albana. Anyways, I put on NPR and caught just the tail end of this interview about Marla spivak and her work with bees at the U of Minn. Boss Interview. finally someone is talking about something other than their honey crop failing. She is actually talking about beekeeping that can pertain to beginning beekeepers, Something we are trying to do in Chicago. Steer away from the Langstroth hive. Use a Top Bar or even a tree trunk, but stop buying into the langstroth myth. Please if you have the time, listen to this whole interview or just listen to a bit of it if you are seriously interested in Beekeeping. The audio file was too large to post on my blog but you can go directly to the site. It’s gonna blow your mind. Thank you NPR
2nd year hive, a little weathered, but she’s gettin it done. nice worker comin in for the landing
This is what happens after 6 weeks of beekeeping. gets a little obsessive no?