January 2014 Yard Visit

January 2014 Yard Visit

The Idea A beautiful January day: the temperature is just above freezing there’s no wind the sun is shining bright the roads are accessible I’m curious about how the bee’s cluster is orienting around the upper entrance. And if there’s been any excessive moisture from blowing snow or condensation inside the hive. So, it’s time for a quick yard visit. it’s too cold and early […]

Yard Visit Middle of September 2013

Yard Visit Middle of September 2013

Conditions September Wyoming Hives The hives are in great shape. they are more than heavy enough for winter bees are healthy no pests So, one entrance reducer was put in. I’ll put the other in after the first snow. A Quick Look There’s not much that can be done by opening Wyoming hives this late in the season. days are warm nights are cold there’s […]

Heater Bees

Heater Bees

Unfortunately the neat short showing a few flowers in ultraviolet and heater bees in infrared light has been removed from youtube. So, it’s been replaced by this image. The video showed how the heater bees crawled into a cell and remained relatively motionless. Without the infrared, it looked like those house bees were taking a snooze. 🙂 Bee behavior is complicated and poorly understood in […]

Condensation

Condensation

Winter condensation is a valuable water resource.

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