Tuesday, January 29, 2013
A Few Days of Spring in Mid-Winter: Watching the Honeybees
His "girls" were very active in the warm sunshine flying around doing their thing. They pretty much ignored us although a few landed on my arm and gave me a close up view of their beautiful little bee-bodies. It's easy to see where the term "busy as bees" comes from.
Gordon lifted a few of the inactive hive lids and showed us the inside with cells containing pollen, honey, or new brood (i.e. baby bees). Larry and I are soaking up everything we can and plan to go shopping next month for the hive equipment we need to get two colonies started. I'm excited to try this new hobby and am already exploring our property for the best bee hive location. We probably won't get any honey our first year. The bees will need what they produce to winter over next year. In the meantime, we look forward to this adventure with 30 or 50 thousand new girlfriends and two queens.