Friday, January 12, 2018

Another hive lost

It was 61 degrees today, and Brenda went out to check on the bees. No signs of life. Despite rapping on the hive, no-one came out to investigate.

It might have been the arctic vortex Pittsburgh experienced these last two weeks.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Here comes the cold

It's getting down to 15 tonight, so I took the feeder off the Salomium. There were about one and a half pounds left of what was six pounds of syrup.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Honey excluder

Now I know why some call them honey excluders.

I went to inspect my supers today. There will be no Fall harvest to speak of. After removing the supers, the workers were clustering on top of the queen excluders. Even smoking them, they were reluctant to go through it.

I put another four pounds of sugar on.

Sunday, November 5, 2017


I was surprised to see pollen going into the hive today. I guess the winter bees are growing.

Sunday, August 20, 2017


I put a formic acid treatment into the Salomium today towards the evening. I also added a second super.

We are in the middle of the bamboo honey flow now. There are lots of knotweed blossoms everywhere you look.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Just a quick note to indicate that I put 4 lbs. of sugar into the Salomium a couple of weeks ago.

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.