Last week, I mentioned that our one hive in the city was abandoned right after the eclipse. The bees were a swarm capture, and they were doing really well, so it was a surprise to walk up there one day and find no bees whatsoever. What's currently more surprising is that there are no bees… Continue reading What’s going on?
I guess I need to start by telling you that the pollen substitute did not cause the regicide -- I was an accessory to that crime, but I have no idea of how hubby actually disposed of the evil queen once I helped catch her! We have another hive that has just become more and… Continue reading Pollen Substitute and Regicide
Last week, we installed a division feeder in my English hive. When I checked the hive yesterday, the feeder was empty. Some must have evaporated as the ladders don't quite reach the bottom, but the bees drank a gallon of nectar. It was easy to remove the cap and ladder to check and refill the… Continue reading Division feeder
Let me preface this post by saying that I know some of these things should be painfully obvious, but I hope that some of my readers are, at times, as distracted as I while trying to do many things at once -- like playing SimCity while cooking. Lesson 1: Respect the capabilities of your equipment. … Continue reading What I’ve learned while making fondant for bees
I finally made a successful batch of bee fondant using the recipe from Honey Bee Suite. I like the common-sense approach of the author, and I was able to use my experience from three failed batches to improve what I was doing with recipes in general. Five pounds of sugar yielded six paper dinner plates… Continue reading Cooking for bees