Batting a thousand

13 Jun

Mike and I opened the hive on Friday after work. It was just the two of us because Deb was away for the weekend. Mike and I tried to be as prepared as possible but once I am arm deep in bees, all bets are off.

Me opening the top deep

We inspected both deeps to see if the bees had made any progress. There was some activity up there but we didn’t find any eggs or larva.

using the hive tool

There was tons of activity in the bottom deep.

Smoking the bottom deep

For some reason when I took out the frames, the bees were clustering in the lower corner. They reminded me of the game Barrel of Monkeys.
Bee Chain

Bee Chain

It’s funny to watch the bees gorges themselves with the honey after being smoked. I love that they get their whole body into the comb and then their bums stick up in the air.
Bees in comb

Bees eating honey

Mike and I tried to be very methodical and efficient with this inspection because there was double the amount of frames to go through. We took more pictures and wrote down a detailed report. The best part is always when we find the queen. Since we haven’t been able to see any eggs, it is a relief to see that we still have a queen.
Queen Bee


So far we have been really lucky with our hive inspections. The sting count is still at 0 and we are 3/3 with finding the queen. I am hoping we can keep this streak going through September.


6 Responses to “Batting a thousand”

  1. CoSpirit June 13, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    is it possible to take a pic of the queen?

  2. Emily Heath June 13, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

    Maybe it’s just the angle, but that bee you’ve labelled the queen looks quite drone like to me? It’s the beady eyes and quite square body, the queens I’ve seen usually have very long narrow pointed abdomens and their wings end much further up their abdomens compared to workers or drones. But it could just be the angle making her look squarer.

    How was their temperament, were they pleased to see you?

    • brooklynlovebug June 14, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

      looks like you are right! i am obviously an uneducated beekeeper. how embarrassing.

      • Emily Heath June 14, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

        It’s easy to confuse them at first, especially if you don’t have many drones yet. I’ve done it many a time before!


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