A Trip to a Medieval Village (our bee hive)

Bee and Shadow

There has been so much activity in the medieval kingdom (our bee hive that is) that I thought I better have my friend and mentor, Brett, come over and translate what is going on.  It has been four months since we first got our hive.

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After donning our suits and smoking the hive entrance to hide our intruding scents, we opened the roof.  Fifteen slats were being filled with comb, honey, and brood.

Doug and Brandon got some amazing pictures. You can actually see the pollen on the bees' legs here.
Doug and Brandon got some amazing pictures. You can actually see the pollen on the bees’ legs here.

The bees have capped the comb over the brood.  The flat clearer cells are worker bees and the puffier cells that are lower on the comb are drones.  The drones are the only boys in the hive.  They have one job, make out with the queen.  Come winter they shall be ousted from the kingdom.  All the workers are girls.  It is definitely a matriarchal society in this village.

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We also can see honey in the frames closest to the door.  We will save fifteen slats for the bees to get through winter.  Hopefully we can get a little wild herb honey for our winter tea.

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SAM_0052 Looks like the Queen is alive and well.  All hail the queen!

4 Comments Add yours

  1. 67merrill says:

    So great that you’re providing a safe, unpolluted place for bees. I wish you great success.

    1. Farmgirl says:

      Thank you so much. I love watching them all over the herbs!

  2. Avril says:

    Amazing photos!

    1. Farmgirl says:

      Those guys did get some great photos, didn’t they? Our camera isn’t a spectacular one but they caught some amazing images.

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