Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Worker Bees

The term "Worker Bees" takes on a whole new meaning when you watch the bees in action. We added a second box to the hive tonight.  The bottom box is almost full!!  It's amazing that they have been so hard at work to fill it already. 

The Queen has been busy too!!  If you take a close look at the photos below, you can see what looks like little white "C"s.  That's bee larva.  So the Queen has been busy laying larva which will eventually be the second generation of the summer.  After she places the larva in the comb, the workers are busy sealing it up with honey and wax.  This is what the larva will eat until they hatch and become a bee.

This is the top of the box.  Just look at that honey dripping down. 

Here's my husband scrapping off some honey so we can have a sweet treat!  Yummmmm!!

While he was putting on the second box, it happened!!  The bees were not happy and he got stung on the leg.  It was just a matter of time.  At least it was only one that stung.  Just look at all of them flying around!  Yikes!!  Believe me....I was as far back as I could get and still take the pictures.  I don't have a suit...so if they get too close....I'm gone!!!

And here is the second box added on the top.  So now they have plenty of room to work.  I don't know about you, but there is so much to learn.  If we didn't get the second box on in time, half of the bees would have swarmed to find another open hive.  So it's really important that we check the hive at least once ever 7 to 10 days.  We have two more boxes that we can add this summer.  And it's looking better all the time that we will have lots of honey this fall!!  Stayed tuned for the next update!!

1 comment:

  1. OMG Barb, these pictures are AWESOME! How fascinating!