New Arrivals

Spring is here, and with it, a new set of bees! The last time I ordered a package of bees, it came in the mail, and I found the mental…

An Elegy in Autopsy

This occurred all a month or so ago, but I haven’t had the drive to sit down and go over things until now. I have some suspicions as to what…

Spring Varroa and AFB Check

It’s mid-spring, and time to treat the growing colony for mites. I hoped to do a more thorough inspection, but the bees had an alternate plan. They had built a…

Post-winter hive check

I’ve seen a very small amount of activity on the few warmer afternoons we’ve had lately, but wanted to take a quick peek inside to see if they made it…

Winter hive work part 2

The purpose of wrapping a hive isn’t so much insulation or warmth, but weather sealing. Specifically I want it to keep the wind from blowing into any of the unsealed…

Hive checkup

Check up on the bees; I should have done this last week but was down with a cold, so a bit overdue. Mostly wanted to check on their progress in…

Hive cleanup

Hadn’t opened up the hive to take a look since adding the nuc since they seemed to be doing fine and I don’t want to disturb them if unnecessary, but…