Month: August 2010

Aftermath

Aftermath

Well here’s my beeyard after the malathion. First impression: bee flight almost absent no massive piles of dead bees ****** horses! Bees The alfalfa was blooming. But few bees were flying. Hive inspections revealed most damage was done to foraging bees. 2 hives were unscathed […]

Riley’s Top Bar Hive Bee-down Strip

Riley’s Top Bar Hive Bee-down Strip

Lacking a beespace between them, bees are easily squished when top bar are pushed together in a top bar hive. Often, a bee brush and smoker are used to get bees out of the way. There are a couple of techniques that help. But they […]

Malathioned!

Malathioned!

Yeooow! My beeyard  was sprayed with malathion! The landowner, called me in tears. A county spray plane sprayed their property. The beeyard was wet with spray. Direct hit! She hadn’t been told about the spraying, And was surprised, shocked, and offered to pay for the […]

Now There’s a buzz

Now There’s a buzz

After the silence, now, there’s a few small wild bees, a smattering of bumble bees, a few wasps, and some honeybees. As native bee forage dries up, the wild bees concentrate on  blooming city plants.  Russian Sage normally swarms with bees. Not so this year. But there’s […]