(http://honeybeesuite.com/water-collection/) “Water collection by honey bees Water has several uses in a honey bee hive. During certain times of the year foragers find a source of water, fill their crops, and ferry it home. The number of bees foraging for water depends on the needs of the colony. If the in-hive workers accept the water […]
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Entries by Michele
For about the last ten days the Glebe Lodge bees have been ferrying water from the garden pond to both hives. They seem to do this incessantly. I have counted something like twenty of them at the pond at times. Here is a picture of seven at one place.
Tues. 4th Dec 2015: More goodies for the bees! As we checked the hives we could see that the colonies had made free of the previous offerings. Both G1 and G2 bees were very active too, enjoying the warmer spell. Brian, Susanne and myself, with Peter in charge of photographic recording, all of us in […]
Susanne has been busy in the kitchen. Last Sunday in the warmer afternoon, she arrived in full garb, with fondant cakes in her basket. We lifted a corner of G2 roof and hood and swiftly inserted the food… The hive was very quiet, no bees to be seen in the super, only some, comatose on […]
Now the bees will be very well protected with cosies of black tar paper and chicken wire all round the hives plus mouseguards across the entrance… Wood peckers and mice will not be happy.
Too quiet a hive? …Thursday 19th November 2015: We’ve been all a-tremble at Land o’Glebe. Peter pointed out early this morning that he observed no movement at G2, despite his mowing close to the hive on his tractor and creating the usual havoc in the garden. Yet this colony has been quite hyperactive, to say […]
Sunday 22nd November, the snow has arrived, only a dusting(?) says Peter. But it looks cold out there and I wonder how the boys are doing. So, in my jimjams, furry housecoat and wellies I make my way to the hives. At the G2, by the entrance, no activity whatsoever again. Hmmm…. Let’s have a […]