Tag: Beekeeping

  • SwarmTree-SwarmTallTree

    Friday was suppose to be good.. comfortable.. it was sunny, clear, I could see the crisp skyline of Oakland and The City. The Golden Gate Bridge posed perfectly as the framing to the Pacific. I was computing, seriously computing. Sitting on the deck, legs up, shades on, computing furiously getting THIS site back into working […]

  • Springtime Bees

    Springtime means lots of activity at the hive, or some I’m told. As this is our First spring time with our bees, I’m still quite eager to watch what happens with the colony, how things change, and what I might do to make the bees, well, happier. I often consider the answer to the last […]

  • Cleaning The ACBA Observation Hive

    Observations in cleaning a vertical ‘observation’ bee-hive. This particular hive is located in Oakland, California and belongs to the Alameda County Beekeepers’ Association (ACBA). *note the lack of required protection when interacting with the hive. No smoke was used and only a few veils were necessary to use.

  • ACBA Observation Hive Cleaning Party

    This 10 minute video features ACBA club members cleaning the club’s observation hive on monday morning. The hive is situated inside with an opening through the wall to the outside. Inside the hive there sit 4 vertical frames sandwiched by plexi-glass. It’s quite an interesting set-up. As the video shows, a more regular cleaning is important to […]

  • Green Hive Fungus

    Green as in bad, not socially responsible. I pulled off an empty deep I had on my hive and evaluated the frames to find a plethora of green fungus on each frame. After looking over each frame I scraped them clean of comb. Since this hive box and it’s parts are second hand, many of […]

  • One More Pollinator

    Sometimes the honey bee doesn’t make it back to the hive before becoming too cold and succumbing to the elements. This is a short film showing that many of these seemingly ‘dead’ bees are indeed still viable for the beekeeper as pollinators. However, since the life-span of the honey bee is between 6-weeks and 6-months […]

  • Honey Bee Revival

  • Seeking The Queen-Bee

    The sun peeked out this afternoon after a solid week of rain and we decided to open up the hive and see how the bees are adjusting to the move. By external observations I’m seeing the bees return with pollen, previously orange, I found this lady with white pollen. I wonder where she was playing? Unfortunately, after […]

  • Bees Detecting and Responding to the Tracheal Mite

  • Bees!

    Check our photo album for first days. Our New BEES! This one’s named Kira… and so is this one… We’ve acquired the beginnings of our beekeeping adventure, including the adoption of a small, yet ‘strong’ colony. Here’s the story & what we’ve got: 2 deeps, 2 supers, inner-cover, telescoping top, screened bottom, ‘waste-tray’, stand, strap, 20 […]