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Shiny is better. ☎
This does not look like a German black honey bee to me. Too metallic. It must be one of a thousand varieties of sweat bee, it's just surprisingly fat/big to me.
Second honey bee of the season! Yesterday we went walking to smell the flowers, and this lady was drinking heavily.
Two #🐝 NUC colonies, arriving mid-April for me!
Just two days until I order a NUC or two! #🐝
Interesting, ChimPnut fails to display #🐝 correctly, PiNut manages it just fine
An example of honey bee hype: "More Than 1,500 Bee Dance Moves Decoded by Scientists" [newsweek.com]
no, they didn't discern 1500 different dance moves. They observed 1528 instances of the same dance. The dance has some nuance, but not that much.
I am fairly certain the bee hive died. I was worried about them since seeing significant varroa mite issues in the Fall. Not surprising outcome! It's still sad, though. New hive in the Spring...
"Compared to water surface locomotion of other insects, neither the speed nor the efficiency achieved by the honeybee’s hydrofoiling impresses.
Not the most encouraging sight. But there are dead bees at the entrance, so I know they're still alive! :]
#🐝 IMG_20191216_112821 [files.pnut.io]
I don't know what this is, some sort of fungus? Mold? It's neon, and it's all over the bottom of the hive. Hopefully it's OK.
Honey dessert recipes: honey cookies, lavender cream cheese mousse.
/@wife #recipes #🐝
Today I inspected the bees. They're doing very well! They hadn't worked through all of the sugar from last time, but had eaten through the newspaper in the middle. I moved it aside and added another piece of paper and a chunk more sugar wetted.
> Honeybees can surf to safety [cosmosmagazine.com]
Or water and air have resonance as a factor of each other or something?
Bees cannot survive in water long; once their trachea is covered, they can't recover, as far as I know.
Glad to see my bees are still alive! That melted snow...
The Mountain Camp method is just to dry-feed with newspaper on top. Wet the sugar with a sprayer to ease consumption and draw them to it. The newspaper will soak some of the moisture they create while clustered, which helps during the cold.
Yesterday it was 60℉. I took the inner cover off the hive and am rolling with the "Mountain Camp" method - named after a forum user called "Mountain Camp". Hahaha.
Yesterday the bees were bringing in lots of pollen!
I mixed a high sugar-content sugar syrup and fed them. They immediately took to it very favorably. That made me feel good. They needed this. Perfect pick-me-up on a rainy day.
I took a quick look at the bees this afternoon, in the rain. The hive has felt light recently, so I wanted to get a sense of their health… I didn't to a real inspection, and I should, but it was raining!
You gave up too much to turn back now. ⇄