Death Of A Hive

I saw and heard unusual activity around the hive this afternoon. When I cracked the hive open, the last 50 or so inhabitants were already decimated. This hive's queen had stopped laying months ago, and the population was already naturally dwindling. Outsiders were now finishing the job. In the upper…

Written on a Thursday

The Last Bees Standing

Spring, glorious Spring! Bees upon flowers, warm weather after refreshing rains. And.. yet.. A distinct decrease of activity from my top-bar hive over just a week ago. So, I suit up and crack it open to find: My queen (with the yellow dot upper, right) has not been laying eggs…

Written on a Sunday

Hive #3 did not make it

The 2nd (and final) of my Langstrom hives has not been showing typical Springtime activity. A casual peek last week still showed inhabitants, but today's inspection showed the thing completely vacated save for two stranglers. Unlike Hive #1, which froze to death, Hive #3 seems to have just taken the…

Written on a Thursday

Hive #1 did not make it

At some point in the past week, the last bees inside Hive #1 - the hive whose original queen swarmed from last spring - the hive which then raised a new, weak queen - finally dwindled to nothing and basically froze to death. Here are the (dead) heroic last few…

Written on a Saturday

Will Hive #1 Make It?

Hive #1 - the one from which the Springtime swarm originated (And which I captured into Hive #3) - hasn't been the same since the original queen left. Activity in and out of the hive has always appeared "lazy" and the sheer number of bees active at any time is…

Written on a Monday

My Swarmed Bees

A week ago, my rather healthy one year old hive was obviously crowded. In the late evening, a good 20k of them would hang outside all night: Then, this past weekend, I decided it was time to relieve them of some of their honey stores. I cracked the hive open…

Written on a Monday