Monday, March 26, 2007

Pollen & The Queen (Mar 25th Inspection)

Spring is in the air as well as the bees. What a great time of year especially after the long, snowy winter that has lingered over Colorado this year. As you can see by my husband's great photos, we have been to the hive several times. The first time was to see how much food the bees had consumed and whether we needed to fatten them up, so to speak. The other couple of times we were in search of the queen. This is not always as easy as it sounds since she doesn't sit on a throne or wear a crown but she is bigger and always surrounded by her loyal subjects and in our case, she has a big white dot in her back. I guess we were looking in the wrong area the other times because she remained elusive, but this time she was there, in all her glory. After the tiny, trumpet fanfare we moved on to check out the nursery. Lots of tiny bees will soon be emerging. So despite our fears of this mysterious disappearing bee syndrome and our general lack of beekeeping experience, it seems our bees will emerge to pollinate and make us some more of that wonderful honey!
Worker bees bringing home the pollen

Her Royal Majesty the Queen

1 comment:

TheAuldMadCow said...

Thank you for adding your BEE video for those of us who have no experience w/ beekeeping and are hopeful of accomplishing the feat...


I found your site thru "Beekeeper Dreams" website (http://www.homesteadblogger.com/myfamilytree)

I will be a frequent visitor to your website now, as I find your writing to be encouraging and your site well done!

Thanks again,
Illoura (Durango, CO.)
http://ParadiseRanch.spaces.live.com/

*I had pictures of my free (used) hives under "My Projects", but took them off temporarily.
I will be expanding and writing as soon as I begin working on such
projects again.
It's really nice to know there are women like you blazing the trail ahead of me and sharing it all! Thank you for that!