Aftermath

Aftermath

Well here’s my beeyard after the malathion. First impression: bee flight almost absent no massive piles of dead bees ****** horses! Bees There was lots of alfalfa blooming. But few bees were flying. Hive inspections revealed most of the damage had been done to foraging bees away from the hives. Two hives appeared relatively unscathed. They had average bee populations and were actively storing nectar […]

Riley’s Top Bar Hive Bee-down Strip

Riley’s Top Bar Hive Bee-down Strip

Putting top bars, back in a top bar hive, can be problematic. There’s no bee space between them and extra care is needed to avoid squishing bees. I’ve written about a couple of techniques that help. But they both take time and are not fool proof. A bee brush and smoker are often needed to help get the bees out of the way. Top bar […]

Malathioned!

Malathioned!

Yeooow! Well, it’s finally happened. I’ve had my beeyard sprayed with malathion! June, the owner of the ranch I recently moved my bees on,  contacted me this morning in tears. She told me that at about 6:30pm, a spray plane flew over a portion of their ranch and sprayed malathion. Unfortunately, my beeyard was directly under the plane’s nozzles. Direct hit! No one had notified […]

Now There’s a buzz

Now There’s a buzz

The Bad Is Getting Better Earlier, I wrote about the lack of native bees and the resulting silence. Now, I’m seeing lots of small wild bees, a smattering of bumble bees, a few wasps and some honeybees. Some of the smaller bees I’ve not seen before. This time of the year, as native bee forage dries, the wild bees are concentrated on a few blooming […]

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