Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Spring harvest

We did indeed have a harvest yesterday. I pulled off the super and brought it inside the house. We had quite a bit of capped honey, half a frame of uncapped nectar, and a surprising amount of bee bread. I'll have to look into purchasing some pollen substitute.

Monday, July 3, 2017

More bad news

The Lucium died out sometime in March. We got two new hives: Benedictium II and Salomium II. The new Benedictium's queen died within a month, so I combined them into one hive.

We had a crazy rogue bee which harassed the kids until it stung me (OUCH) in the face. I made quite a splash at work the next day.

Yesterday I (finally) inspected the Salomium. I found a heavy super and under it some brood, and lots of angry bees unused to seeing their keeper. So I put in the bee escape, and perhaps we will have a harvest on the 4th of July.

Sunday, February 19, 2017


We have light yellow pollen  going into the Lucium. Go girls, go!

Friday, February 17, 2017


I put four pounds of sugar on the Lucium last week, at $2.09 a bag. The weather has been so warm, I figured it was safe. Then yesterday we had a cold snap where it did not get above freezing. I'll have to take a look tomorrow to make sure that the feeder is still intact. I wonder what the freezing point of 1:1 sugar-water syrup is?

Sunday, January 8, 2017


We had a nice warm day today, so I did a quick inspection and discovered that the Josephium and Salomium had both absconded.

I dosed the Lucium with oxalic acid dribble.

Sunday, November 6, 2016


The Ambrosium has absconded. I'm not sure when that happened.  It's been a miserable couple of weeks around here.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

After two weeks

I did hive inspections yesterday. Over all, another poor harvest is in the making.

Ambrosium: A bit of honey, none capped, distributed over both supers.

Josephium: Maybe 10 pounds, none capped, in the lower super. Maybe less. None at all on the upper super. I moved that one onto the Lucium.

Lucium: A full super, some of it capped. They are doing the best, so I rewarded them with a second super.

Salomium: They drained their syrup dry, so I put on another four pounds at $2.09 a bag.

The knotweed is still in bloom at the bottoms of the ravines, although the stuff on the ridges is basically done. The goldenrod is getting earnest, including in our yard.