Sunday, August 25, 2019
Friday, August 16, 2019
After crush and strain, I rinsed the wax with warm water. Crushed wax was melted outdoors in a large thrift store slow cooker. I used one cup of water and cotton fabric to catch wax impurities. I set the cooker on high for nearly 2 hours and left everything to cool for another 4 hours. I repeated this cycle 3 times. Click on the photo and have a look at the tidy elliptical wax blocks.
Saturday, August 10, 2019
Georgia Beekeepers Association.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
We worked in the middle of the kitchen floor to contain the sticky clean-up. Imagine a compact vertical stack - from the bottom up:
Crushed comb was poured into the strainer bottler and left to sit for a few days so that foam (tiny air bubbles) can rise before bottling.
After cutting away honey comb, frames are returned to the Storage Tote. Over-night, honey dripped into the Tote and were captured too. Sticky frames were stacked outside in a location away from the hives. Bees assisted with the final honey clean-up of sticky frames - a circle of life scene which reminds me of sky burial.
In the 3rd photo, I used a slow shutter iPhone app. Crawling bee behavior looks like white dots while flying behavior looks like brown lines (classic multiple exposure).
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Click on the first photo and notice the thin stripe above the 3rd box (count up from the botttom), it's the triangular bee escape. 24 hours prior, I added the escape so that I can inspect frames above the escape without disturbing the vast majority of bees. I placed a plastic tub twenty steps away from the hive and a few remaining bees were brushed from the frame halfway between the hive and the plastic tub. Harvesting frames went so smoothly that I began to doubt why did I wear a hoodie.
Click on the second photo, this is a stunning example of comb building using foundation-less frames. What I found unusual is that all the honey cells are completely capped.
Most likely my honey surplus will be considerably smaller than last year. In the third photo, frames are blue tape sealed inside the plastic tub and ready for the next step which is to cut out the comb. More about this in the next blog post.
Sunday, June 30, 2019
- sub-lethal effects of Imidacloprid (neonicotinoid)
- inbreeding leading to diploid males and triploid females