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This afternoon's tools of the trade. Inspected the hives. This is the first year both hives have overwintered, and the first year my spare comb has survived wax moth or mold over winter. :) Yahoo!
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Argh! I just watched a male cardinal attacking my beehives! It was pecking at the entrances. I happen to have just bought an owl scarecrow, so I just set it at the hives for now.
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Glad to see both bee hives are populous and active! They should have their first crop of new bees if they haven't already. I need to inspect. #🐝
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Today I checked the hives for signs of life and didn't find any… 55℉ midday. But late in the day both were flying! I pulled covers and gave them sugar. W hive really touchy, as usual. E hive got pollen substitute, let me work it w/o issue.
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56℉ right now, let's get to 61℉ plz! #🐝
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Here you can see the West hive a month ago in good weather, spread out, with 3 boxes. And then both hives, today, in the freezing cold, clustered at the top of their hives. Glad they're both still alive!
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Worker bees are light-averse for the first 12 days of their lives, and then they become light-attracted. Queen bees remain light-averse.

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I only got 9 frames of honey off of the two hives this afternoon. I was surprised that the East hive only had one frame filled in... It's just working now on drawing out the rest of the frames. Tried the new camera on the bees. Some varroa mites found.
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I know some of these people. 😛 https://www.stltoday.com/business/local/beekeepers-turn-hobby-into-a-honey-maker/article_5ad8a7b1-75cf-5101-bdaa-3f3fdb5e7be0.html #🐝
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Saturday the bees got a hold of some comb from last year that had honey, and the honey had crystalized. I dispersed the bees from it Sunday and tried to get an OK picture of the comb. But doesn't that look like a person? :D
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The bees are crazy thirsty! :D Must be building a lot in the hives.
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This past week I organized and cut up the wood from the porch roof. There were lots of holes like this (two plugged here) from carpenter bees. #🐝
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A friend found bees on their tree, so I helped my father-in-law set up a swarm trap at the foot of it last weekend. I haven't heard back on how it went, though.
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I worked the bees last night. Took the feeder off East hive. West hive successfully merged (no more laying workers!), but still had 3 deeps on it. I moved the bottom to the E hive, inspecting and brushing off all the bees.
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Wax moth infestation in the porch! Status: Eradicated!!
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"I took all of my plastic frames to a Maker Space and used a bandsaw to remove everything but the foundation - and installed that into wood frames."

Wut.
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There's been a *lot* of bee work this weekend, some pictures I'll throw up and annotate.
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Today my first package of bees ships! I think it's 2-3 day shipping.
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I have a package colony of #🐝​s shipping Monday, and two NUCs are arriving next Saturday!

Looks like I'll have 3 hives this year, as I'll combine the dying hive with one of the others.
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This evening Anna spotted a bumblebee asleep on these flowers in the yard. So cute for them to do this. They'll sleep on a flower when they are tired and too far from home. Swaying in the wind all night.
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