Sunday, August 18, 2013

#557: Beekeeping on Nantucket

My son has added a 3rd super to his hive.
His friend brought the vintage smoker,
to keep the bees calm:
Might need a little non-vintage duct tape.

The reason they need a 3rd super:
the bees were building comb on their roof.

Which we carefully scraped off.
No beekeeper wastes honeycomb.

Nice calm bees.

The pale top half is capped off cells, full of honey.
The orange cells on the lower right contain drones.

Building comb on the top of the frame,
they want a third floor!

Which my son is happy to supply,
note the queen exclusion screen.
She's not allowed upstairs.

And...top back on.
Now to do some research on small hive beetle traps,
we saw a few beetles. Dang.

Honeycomb.
Propolis on the side. Bees make it to seal the hive.
Stradivarius used it in his varnish.
It tastes like zinnias. Luthiers are welcome to it.

I'm good with just the honey.
Thanks, bees.
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