Category Archives: Bee-keeping

Veg plot 2020, #9 and bees moving house

[21st June] Somehow I ran out of time to spend more than a few minutes in the veg plot today 🙁 Too many other things to get done. The compost heap had “sunk” about nine inches since last weekend, but … Continue reading

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One of the more unusual bee swarms I have collected

I received a phone call from a local chap who said he had a swam of bees that had just settled in a rusty 45 gallon drum in his yard and could I take them away because they were actually … Continue reading

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One blew over the hornet’s nest

I had a stack of hive brood chambers containing old comb that I was going to melt down. It must have been bumped by a deer or something like that, which left room for some hornets to get in and … Continue reading

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Two swarms for the price of one

This evening I somewhat unexpectedly picked up two swarms of bees. The first was the prime swarm I think, hanging about in the top of an elder tree and not amused with me when I knocked them out of it. … Continue reading

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And they still don’t…

Hoping that 9pm would be late enough for the bees not to be interested in leaving the hives I went out and started mowing again, only to find them pouring out onto the front faces of the hives almost immediately. … Continue reading

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Honey bees don’t like suede

Or so it would appear… This afternoon I’ve been mowing the grass where I walk into the apiary. I always wear my bee suit when I do this just in case, though I’ve never had a major issue with the … Continue reading

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Super pleased

After a number of false starts I finally got supers on the last of my hives today. It was my intention to do this a while back but then the weather turned quite cold (we went from shorts weather to … Continue reading

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The Man Who Picked The Hornet’s Nest

I had some empty hives stacked up in the apiary and when I was working there one day noticed a hornet flying about. It disappeared inside one of the empty hives where it had been knocked aside slightly (probably by … Continue reading

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Strange year for swarms

This year I had my first call about a swarm in mid-April, probably a month before I usually start to get any.  It’s very much prompted me to wonder what’s going on with the bees.  I think those in towns … Continue reading

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A swarm in May is worth a bale of hay…

A swarm in June is worth a silver spoon. So the saying goes. This was my first of the year, on 31st May. I reckon that counts as June 🙂 It was a fairly large swarm, too. Now safely tucked … Continue reading

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