New Beekeeper in Town
Submitted by: New York Beekeeper
New York

The two versions of Grandfather and Grandson in New York, Spring 2009.

 
New Beekeeper in Town
Submitted by: New York Beekeeper
New York

The two versions of Grandfather and Grandson in New York, Spring 2009.

 
packaged hives
Submitted by: Co Beekeeper
Colorado

Package hived for 20 days in Denver, CO, Spring 2009

 
packaged hives
Submitted by: Co Beekeeper
Colorado

Package hived for 20 days in Denver, CO, Spring 2009

 
Healthy and Incredibly Productive
Submitted by: New Mexico Beekeeper
New Mexico

My bees are healthy and incredibly productive and they are all from you. -Santa Fe, NM Winter 2009

 
Thirsty
Submitted by: Dallas Beekeeper
Texas

Winter 2010 Dallas, TX

 
Top Bars
Submitted by: Austin Beekeeper
Texas

Hiving BeeWeaver Packages into Top Bar Hives

 
Swarm Timea
Submitted by: Belton Beekeeper
Texas

Bees... thinking about swarming, getting ready to swarm, the swarm, and what was left (notice swarm cells). Belton, TX Spring 2010

 
Swarm Timea
Submitted by: Belton Beekeeper
Texas

Bees... thinking about swarming, getting ready to swarm, the swarm, and what was left (notice swarm cells). Belton, TX Spring 2010

 
Swarm Timea
Submitted by: Belton Beekeeper
Texas

Bees... thinking about swarming, getting ready to swarm, the swarm, and what was left (notice swarm cells). Belton, TX Spring 2010

 
Swarm Timea
Submitted by: Belton Beekeeper
Texas

Bees... thinking about swarming, getting ready to swarm, the swarm, and what was left (notice swarm cells). Belton, TX Spring 2010

 
Swarm Timea
Submitted by: Belton Beekeeper
Texas

Bees... thinking about swarming, getting ready to swarm, the swarm, and what was left (notice swarm cells). Belton, TX Spring 2010

 
Swarm Timea
Submitted by: Belton Beekeeper
Texas

Bees... thinking about swarming, getting ready to swarm, the swarm, and what was left (notice swarm cells). Belton, TX Spring 2010

 
Swarm Timea
Submitted by: Belton Beekeeper
Texas

Bees... thinking about swarming, getting ready to swarm, the swarm, and what was left (notice swarm cells). Belton, TX Spring 2010

 
Package and TBH
Submitted by: Alpine Beekeeper
Texas

Spring 2010 Alpine, TX Package after shipment, very normal "drop". Being put in a package and being in the package is very stressful for the bees. Top Bar...

 
Package and TBH
Submitted by: Alpine Beekeeper
Texas

Spring 2010 Alpine, TX Package after shipment, very normal "drop". Being put in a package and being in the package is very stressful for the bees. Top Bar...

 
Package and TBH
Submitted by: Alpine Beekeeper
Texas

Spring 2010 Alpine, TX Package after shipment, very normal "drop". Being put in a package and being in the package is very stressful for the bees. Top Bar...

 
feeding bees
Submitted by: anonymous
Other

The sugar syrup sent with the bees can be used... but not the feed can. The can does not leak syrup when it is stationary. Sadly the bees will starve if the can is used.

 
Damaged Package
Submitted by: BeeWeaver
Texas

This is a damaged package... hive the bees as usual and contact us immediately.

 
Papa Beekeeper, Boy Beekeeper
Submitted by: Mo Beekeeper
Missouri

Here are some pics of my soon to be 4-year-old son and I installing our package of BeeWeaver bees a couple of weeks ago. That was so much fun. Thanks again. The...

 
Papa Beekeeper, Boy Beekeeper
Submitted by: Mo Beekeeper
Missouri

Here are some pics of my soon to be 4-year-old son and I installing our package of BeeWeaver bees a couple of weeks ago. That was so much fun. Thanks again. The...

 
Papa Beekeeper, Boy Beekeeper
Submitted by: Mo Beekeeper
Missouri

Here are some pics of my soon to be 4-year-old son and I installing our package of BeeWeaver bees a couple of weeks ago. That was so much fun. Thanks again. The...

 
Papa Beekeeper, Boy Beekeeper
Submitted by: Mo Beekeeper
Missouri

Here are some pics of my soon to be 4-year-old son and I installing our package of BeeWeaver bees a couple of weeks ago. That was so much fun. Thanks again. The...

 
Bees from Beeweavers
Submitted by: Arlington Beekeeper
Texas

We picked up the bees with no incident. Except for stopping three times to let the curiosity seekers out to get back home, the trip was a non-event. Arriving back...

 
Bees from Beeweavers
Submitted by: Arlington Beekeeper
Texas

We picked up the bees with no incident. Except for stopping three times to let the curiosity seekers out to get back home, the trip was a non-event. Arriving back...

 
Bees from Beeweavers
Submitted by: Arlington Beekeeper
Texas

We picked up the bees with no incident. Except for stopping three times to let the curiosity seekers out to get back home, the trip was a non-event. Arriving back...

 
Bees from Beeweavers
Submitted by: Arlington Beekeeper
Texas

We picked up the bees with no incident. Except for stopping three times to let the curiosity seekers out to get back home, the trip was a non-event. Arriving back...

 
Bees from Beeweavers
Submitted by: Arlington Beekeeper
Texas

We picked up the bees with no incident. Except for stopping three times to let the curiosity seekers out to get back home, the trip was a non-event. Arriving back...

 
Bees from Beeweavers
Submitted by: Arlington Beekeeper
Texas

We picked up the bees with no incident. Except for stopping three times to let the curiosity seekers out to get back home, the trip was a non-event. Arriving back...

 
Bees from Beeweavers
Submitted by: Arlington Beekeeper
Texas

We picked up the bees with no incident. Except for stopping three times to let the curiosity seekers out to get back home, the trip was a non-event. Arriving back...

 
Bees from Beeweavers
Submitted by: Arlington Beekeeper
Texas

We picked up the bees with no incident. Except for stopping three times to let the curiosity seekers out to get back home, the trip was a non-event. Arriving back...

 
My Girls
Submitted by: Bartonville Beekeeper
Texas

Spring 2010 Bartonville, TX I know your busy, but if you get a moment check out the fruits of your labor in the pictures

 
My Girls
Submitted by: Bartonville Beekeeper
Texas

Spring 2010 Bartonville, TX I know your busy, but if you get a moment check out the fruits of your labor in the pictures

 
Package Progress
Submitted by: BeeWeaver
Texas

Frame from package hived for nearly 2 weeks. They are drawing out comb, storing syrup, nectar and pollen, Queen is on top of the frame.... but always check for eggs at the 2 week check...

 
Bees on their porch
Submitted by: Refugio Beekeeper
Texas

Bees are thinking about leaving! Add several supers... 5-6 are not too many if the flow is on. Spring 2010 Refugio, TX

 
Solar Bees
Submitted by: Littleton Beekeeper
Colorado

That is a solar powered fan on top. I have no idea if it helped or not. They put 210# of honey in seven medium supers. These were 10 frame boxes but I only put 8 drawn...

 
Urban Hives
Submitted by: TX Beekeeper
Texas

3 Hives, urban style, Fall 2009, YUMMY!

 
Haley's Bees
Submitted by: Weird Apiary
Indiana

While neighbors were running for cover because of this large tornado of bees crossing the yard, Haley was standing in a crash course location so that the swarm passed directly...

 
Haley's Bees
Submitted by: Weird Apiary
Indiana

While neighbors were running for cover because of this large tornado of bees crossing the yard, Haley was standing in a crash course location so that the swarm passed directly...

 
Haley's Bees
Submitted by: Weird Apiary
Indiana

While neighbors were running for cover because of this large tornado of bees crossing the yard, Haley was standing in a crash course location so that the swarm passed directly...

 
Weird Apiary
Submitted by: Weird Apiary
Indiana

Here are photos of my rather strange apiary. I am sure it will only get stranger as time goes on. I've seen some hives that have carved faces and such attached. Who knows what...

 
Weird Apiary
Submitted by: Weird Apiary
Indiana

Here are photos of my rather strange apiary. I am sure it will only get stranger as time goes on. I've seen some hives that have carved faces and such attached. Who knows what...

 
Weird Apiary
Submitted by: Weird Apiary
Indiana

Haley's hive. Haley is 8 years old and crazy about bees. She was present when I gathered a swarm so I gave her a hive body to paint as she liked and she is now the owner and...

 
Weird Apiary
Submitted by: Weird Apiary
Indiana

* My first hive. Ran out of wooden supers so had to put a styrofoam on * Really wierd apiary. Speaks for itself.

 
Weird Apiary
Submitted by: Weird Apiary
Indiana

* My first hive. Ran out of wooden supers so had to put a styrofoam on * Really wierd apiary. Speaks for itself.

 
HilltopBees
Submitted by: Andrew Burnard
Texas

Kenya Toy bar hive doing very well.

 
HilltopBees
Submitted by: Andrew Burnard
Texas

Kenya Toy bar hive doing very well.

 
HilltopBees
Submitted by: Andrew Burnard
Texas

Kenya Toy bar hive doing very well.

 
HilltopBees
Submitted by: Andrew Burnard
Texas

Kenya Toy bar hive doing very well.

 
Snow Bees
Submitted by: Susan Dunsmore (BeeWeaver Manager)
Alaska

Package bees arrive in Alaska in April, about 2 months before the snow melts and 3 months before there is any nectar flow. When they arrive I...

 
Bee Training
Submitted by: New Ulm Beekeeper
Texas

I kept my orange trees in the arboretum behind the house and they are all blooming. I leave the door open and put a container with some honey inside the arboretum and it took...

 
Little Beekeeper
Submitted by: BeeWeaver
Texas

Little Stone... he was 3 years old when my friend (and BeeWeaver manager), Susan, dressed him up in bee-ware. This lil' drone is growing up fast. He is nearly 6 now and loves...

 
Laying Workers or a Drone Layer
Submitted by: BeeWeaver
Texas

Hives can go queenless for many reason, but one of the most common outcomes of a longtime queenless hive is laying workers. Laying workers = drone brood, and no worker...

 
Laying Workers or a Drone Layer
Submitted by: BeeWeaver
Texas

Hives can go queenless for many reason, but one of the most common outcomes of a longtime queenless hive is laying workers. Laying workers = drone brood, and no worker...

 
Here's the queen!
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

Here's the queen! Drawing out comb nicely! Look at the size of that drone!

 
Here's the queen!
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

Here's the queen! Drawing out comb nicely! Look at the size of that drone!

 
Here's the queen!
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

Here's the queen! Drawing out comb nicely! Look at the size of that drone!

 
A Queen's Hard Life
Submitted by: Austin Queen
Texas

This Spring 2010 Queen did a great job but she was damaged somehow. It isn't always easy being the queen! Smashed abdomen, missing legs, chewed wing... Replacing...

 
A Queen's Hard Life
Submitted by: Austin Queen
Texas

This Spring 2010 Queen did a great job but she was damaged somehow. It isn't always easy being the queen! Smashed abdomen, missing legs, chewed wing... Replacing...

 
Beautiful Apiary, Confused Bees
Submitted by: Louisiana Beekeeper
Louisiana

New bees established in a beautiful apiary. Note the increased activity in the one hive. The bees (from packages) left their queens behind and...

 
10 days after hiving...
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

I've got capped brood!

 
10 days after hiving...
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

I've got capped brood!

 
Homemade Top Bar Hive
Submitted by: Texas TBH Beekeeper
Texas

Texas Top Bar Hive

 
New Nuc
Submitted by: Father Daughter Beekeepers
Texas

A father and daughter hive their nuc together and have a shared first experience of beekeeping.

 
New Nuc
Submitted by: Father Daughter Beekeepers
Texas

A father and daughter hive their nuc together and have a shared first experience of beekeeping.

 
New Nuc
Submitted by: Father Daughter Beekeepers
Texas

A father and daughter hive their nuc together and have a shared first experience of beekeeping.

 
New Nuc
Submitted by: Father Daughter Beekeepers
Texas

A father and daughter hive their nuc together and have a shared first experience of beekeeping.

 
New Nuc
Submitted by: Father Daughter Beekeepers
Texas

A father and daughter hive their nuc together and have a shared first experience of beekeeping.

 
Backyard Beauty
Submitted by: Missouri Backyard Beekeeper
Missouri

Everybody has their own flair for showing off their hives. Here is one example of how a bee hive can turn into more then just a box with bugs.

 
Backyard Beauty
Submitted by: Missouri Backyard Beekeeper
Missouri

Everybody has their own flair for showing off their hives. Here is one example of how a bee hive can turn into more then just a box with bugs.

 
Backyard Beauty
Submitted by: Missouri Backyard Beekeeper
Missouri

Everybody has their own flair for showing off their hives. Here is one example of how a bee hive can turn into more then just a box with bugs.

 
Backyard Beauty
Submitted by: Missouri Backyard Beekeeper
Missouri

Everybody has their own flair for showing off their hives. Here is one example of how a bee hive can turn into more then just a box with bugs.

 
Swarming
Submitted by: Big Island Bee
Hawaii

Bunches of Bees on the Big Island of Hawaii... someone get some supers please!

 
Swarming
Submitted by: Big Island Bee
Hawaii

Bunches of Bees on the Big Island of Hawaii... someone get some supers please!

 
busy little bees
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

23 days since hiving...7 frames filled out with honey, pollen and brood...only 2 drone cells in the bunch

 
busy little bees
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

23 days since hiving...7 frames filled out with honey, pollen and brood...only 2 drone cells in the bunch

 
busy little bees
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

23 days since hiving...7 frames filled out with honey, pollen and brood...only 2 drone cells in the bunch

 
busy little bees
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

23 days since hiving...7 frames filled out with honey, pollen and brood...only 2 drone cells in the bunch

 
Post Office bees
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

On 4/21 the post office called me to come get my bees...which was very puzzling since I had already picked up my BWeaver package on 4/6. Turns out they had a small swarm by their loading...

 
Post Office bees
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

On 4/21 the post office called me to come get my bees...which was very puzzling since I had already picked up my BWeaver package on 4/6. Turns out they had a small swarm by their loading...

 
Post Office bees
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

On 4/21 the post office called me to come get my bees...which was very puzzling since I had already picked up my BWeaver package on 4/6. Turns out they had a small swarm by their loading...

 
Thank you, Ligustrum!
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

Tried following the ladies this last weekend to see what they are working. Not much luck until I noticed the neighbor's wax-leaf ligustrum. I got these shots in a 20 mph wind. I...

 
Thank you, Ligustrum!
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

Tried following the ladies this last weekend to see what they are working. Not much luck until I noticed the neighbor's wax-leaf ligustrum. I got these shots in a 20 mph wind. I...

 
Frosty Home
Submitted by: Camp Frosty
Colorado

"Mom, can we come home? Don't like this summer camp." Mom said, it is mighty dusty and hot here... turns out they are thriving despite the cold. Lovely hive!

 
BeeWeaver Bees in Top Bar Hives
Submitted by: Texas Beekeeper
Texas

I would like to thank you for the great bees. About 6_8 weeks ago we came to Austin and pick them up from your house. As you can see by the photos, they are...

 
BeeWeaver Bees in Top Bar Hives
Submitted by: Texas Beekeeper
Texas

I would like to thank you for the great bees. About 6_8 weeks ago we came to Austin and pick them up from your house. As you can see by the photos, they are...

 
BeeWeaver Bees in Top Bar Hives
Submitted by: Texas Beekeeper
Texas

I would like to thank you for the great bees. About 6_8 weeks ago we came to Austin and pick them up from your house. As you can see by the photos, they are...

 
pollen, pollen, pollen
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

Feb 17, 2012...Venus, Texas...the girls are bringing in boat loads of pollen today!...and they are surrounded by a bumper crop of bluebonnets (yet to bloom). This last year I took...

 
pollen, pollen, pollen
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

Feb 17, 2012...Venus, Texas...the girls are bringing in boat loads of pollen today!...and they are surrounded by a bumper crop of bluebonnets (yet to bloom). This last year I took...

 
13 swarm cells!
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

Was off yesterday afternoon trying to prevent “swarming” of my bees. Didn’t quite get finished..and was up till 1 am making hardware. I will have to finish this afternoon. You have to have...

 
13 swarm cells!
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

Was off yesterday afternoon trying to prevent “swarming” of my bees. Didn’t quite get finished..and was up till 1 am making hardware. I will have to finish this afternoon. You have to have...

 
13 swarm cells!
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

Was off yesterday afternoon trying to prevent “swarming” of my bees. Didn’t quite get finished..and was up till 1 am making hardware. I will have to finish this afternoon. You have to have...

 
13 swarm cells!
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

Was off yesterday afternoon trying to prevent “swarming” of my bees. Didn’t quite get finished..and was up till 1 am making hardware. I will have to finish this afternoon. You have to have...

 
International Human Bee In
Submitted by: I am the Thorax. I speak for the bees.
California

Get your **BEE** on! Honeybee colonies have declined by one third over the past three years. Bad news for us humans, because...

 
Start of our New Bee yard
Submitted by: Bobbi Bee
Texas

New bench works well

 
Bee Careful
Submitted by: PaxBee
New York

My first year of contact with honeybees has been by far the most interesting thing I have ever done, and has an intense learning curve full of lessons. Lesson n+1= CHECK THE SEALS AND FLAPS...

 
Bee Careful
Submitted by: PaxBee
New York

My first year of contact with honeybees has been by far the most interesting thing I have ever done, and has an intense learning curve full of lessons. Lesson n+1= CHECK THE SEALS AND FLAPS...

 
Bee Careful
Submitted by: PaxBee
New York

My first year of contact with honeybees has been by far the most interesting thing I have ever done, and has an intense learning curve full of lessons. Lesson n+1= CHECK THE SEALS AND FLAPS...

 
Bee Careful
Submitted by: PaxBee
New York

My first year of contact with honeybees has been by far the most interesting thing I have ever done, and has an intense learning curve full of lessons. Lesson n+1= CHECK THE SEALS AND FLAPS...

 
Beginner beehives in Llano county
Submitted by: Bruce & Carol
Texas

Both of our hives seem to be doing well and I got a couple of pictures of bees busy doing what bees do best. We are not sure how the honey will taste from...

 
Beginner beehives in Llano county
Submitted by: Bruce & Carol
Texas

Both of our hives seem to be doing well and I got a couple of pictures of bees busy doing what bees do best. We are not sure how the honey will taste from...

 
First Honey Harvest!!
Submitted by: Lacey
Texas

HI!! We purchased a bee package from your Navasota location in April 2011. It was to establish our very first hive (top bar style). Today (10/5/2014), we got our first honey harvest! It...

 
First Honey Harvest!!
Submitted by: Lacey
Texas

HI!! We purchased a bee package from your Navasota location in April 2011. It was to establish our very first hive (top bar style). Today (10/5/2014), we got our first honey harvest! It...

 
First Honey Harvest!!
Submitted by: Lacey
Texas

HI!! We purchased a bee package from your Navasota location in April 2011. It was to establish our very first hive (top bar style). Today (10/5/2014), we got our first honey harvest! It...

 
First Honey Harvest!!
Submitted by: Lacey
Texas

HI!! We purchased a bee package from your Navasota location in April 2011. It was to establish our very first hive (top bar style). Today (10/5/2014), we got our first honey harvest! It...

 
First Honey Harvest!!
Submitted by: Lacey
Texas

HI!! We purchased a bee package from your Navasota location in April 2011. It was to establish our very first hive (top bar style). Today (10/5/2014), we got our first honey harvest! It...

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Frosty Home
Camp Frosty
Colorado
"Mom, can we come home? Don't like this summer camp." Mom said, it is mighty dusty and hot here... turns out they are thriving despite the cold. Lovely hive!
Thank you, Ligustrum!
jeb532
Texas
Tried following the ladies this last weekend to see what they are working. Not much luck until I noticed the neighbor's wax-leaf ligustrum. I got these shots in a 20 mph wind. I had to compete with yellow jackets, wasps, mud dobbers, bumblebees...and butterflies to get to stand in the shrubbery. Pure dumb-luck shots. Taken with a $150 Canon PowerShot A1100 IS in macro-focus mode, ISO set to 1600, program mode, overcast day, 9:25 AM, facing west shot 1, facing south shot 2.
Post Office bees
jeb532
Texas
On 4/21 the post office called me to come get my bees...which was very puzzling since I had already picked up my BWeaver package on 4/6. Turns out they had a small swarm by their loading dock , and they still had my phone number. It was a really small swarm...maybe a pound at best. I boxed them up and hauled them, but It took 8 days to find the queen. Either she was a virgin queen...or my eyes just ain't what they used to be. Shes dark and small and hides really well. Well, two weeks later the little ladies are still kicking, making comb and raising brood. Much more skittish than my BWeaver ladies...
New queen released and flew around the top of the hive Stephen Penick
Tennessee
My son and I have just got into beekeeping after attending a workshop. We acquired 2 older yet active hives from a man that was selling out. Last week we split the hive and requeened using a BeeWeaver queen in the split that was queenless after 2 days we were anxious to see if she was free and still alive. We were excited to find that she was still in the queen cage eventhough the bees had eaten their way into her. 1 of her nurse bees was still in with her and one from our hive. She would not go out of the hole for some reason. We then removed a corner of the screen to see if she would come out. She not only came out, but flew out in a small circle then landed on the top of the hive with the other workers. It scared us. We were afraid she was going to take off. She then went down inside on the frame, so again curious we wanted to see what she was doing. Imidiately she started backing up to empty cells and laying eggs. We are excited to see where the hive will be in a few more weeks. Thanks to BeeWeaver.
busy little bees
jeb532
Texas
23 days since hiving...7 frames filled out with honey, pollen and brood...only 2 drone cells in the bunch
Swarming
Big Island Bee
Hawaii
Bunches of Bees on the Big Island of Hawaii... someone get some supers please!
Backyard Beauty
Missouri Backyard Beekeeper
Missouri
Everybody has their own flair for showing off their hives. Here is one example of how a bee hive can turn into more then just a box with bugs.
New Nuc
Father Daughter Beekeepers
Texas
A father and daughter hive their nuc together and have a shared first experience of beekeeping.
Homemade Top Bar Hive
Texas TBH Beekeeper
Texas
Texas Top Bar Hive
Miky's Hive Michael C.
Arizona
My post office called me at 6:30 am saying, "Can you please come pick up your bees?" I jumped in the car as fast as a quail running across the desert. At the post office the post lady carried out my bees not sure what to think followed by an entourage of other employees wanting to meet the guy that ordered bees. I could not wait to get home and get busy. For a first time beekeeper everything went perfect. I realized that the bees really know what to do without much help from me. Now I am sitting in my lawnchair loving the sound of that gentle hum as calming as buddist mantra.
10 days after hiving...
jeb532
Texas
I've got capped brood!
Beautiful Apiary, Confused Bees
Louisiana Beekeeper
Louisiana
New bees established in a beautiful apiary. Note the increased activity in the one hive. The bees (from packages) left their queens behind and joined up with the one hive (usually queen phermone is the cause). The preventive steps to keep this from happening include locking in the bees (you can use screen from packages) for 3-5 days with their feed, then giving them an opening big enough for 1 bee to go in and out. The solution is to check for live queens in the mostly empty hives and to move frames of bees back into those hives and then do the preventive step of locking them in.
A Queen's Hard Life
Austin Queen
Texas
This Spring 2010 Queen did a great job but she was damaged somehow. It isn't always easy being the queen! Smashed abdomen, missing legs, chewed wing... Replacing her is the best option
Defeating Skunks jeb532
Texas
Here's a tip from local beekeeper David Sharp. David is 86 and still keeping 43 hives! According to David, skunks will fan their tail in front of a low-mounted or ground-mounted hive and let it load up with bees...them calmly walk off and have a bee feast. If you mount your beehives at least 14" from the ground to the base, the skunk has to stand on its hind legs to reach the bees...exposing the skunks thinly furred and vulnerable stomach area to attack, allwoing the bees to drive him off.
Here's the queen!
jeb532
Texas
Here's the queen! Drawing out comb nicely! Look at the size of that drone!
I dood it jeb532
Texas
Well, at 63 years young I decided to finally walk in my grandfather's footsteps. He's been gone almost 40 years, so this beekeeping endeaver is a real brain strainer trying to remember anything he told me about bees. Thankfully the internet is a weath of information. I've downloaded beekeeping books from www.archive.org that are up to 150 years old...i.e. long before major pesticide use. PET PEEVE! - anybody that claims they can't get an education when there are librairies and free internet at everyone's fingertips has got to be just plain lazy! SHEESH! Got my first 3lb package yesterday morning. The post office help was glad I came early! I think it might have been a first time for them too. Had to wait till ~1pm to hive them (wind and low temps). Couldn't have been easier...and my neighbor who came to observe was definitley bitten by the beekeeping bug. The fabric strap on the queen cage was super handy...allowed me to simply staple the strap to a frame. Really pretty bees...most with a cordovan coloring. Gentle too...although I have to admit to being suited up for the hiving (cluuuck...cluck,cluck). Didn't need to use any smoke. Gotta remember next time to cover up the sugar syrup can after pouring it into the feeder. The entire can was full of bees before I could turn around. Must have taken me 15 minutes to shake them all out. Boy, was there a lot of communal grooming going on after that! There was one drone in the bunch and he was twice the size of the workers. By about 5 pm the ladies were already brining in pollen! It probably helps that I'm fortunate enough to have my hive surrounded by ~2 acres of bluebonnets. I'll send pics in a few days...my PC was killed yesterday by a virus hitchhiking on IE....arrrggghhh!
Laying Workers or a Drone Layer
BeeWeaver
Texas
Hives can go queenless for many reason, but one of the most common outcomes of a longtime queenless hive is laying workers. Laying workers = drone brood, and no worker brood. A damaged queen or queen not mated will also produce drone brood only. These images are from a package of bees in which the queen died and it was not discovered before some of the workers decided to be the queens.
Little Beekeeper
BeeWeaver
Texas
Little Stone... he was 3 years old when my friend (and BeeWeaver manager), Susan, dressed him up in bee-ware. This lil' drone is growing up fast. He is nearly 6 now and loves the bees.
Bee Training
New Ulm Beekeeper
Texas
I kept my orange trees in the arboretum behind the house and they are all blooming. I leave the door open and put a container with some honey inside the arboretum and it took less then one hr. and a 1000 bees found the honey. Now they remember and some come every day.
Maryland Experiment ROY C SMALL
Maryland
I am going to try Bill Rawleigh's Gardener's Hive this year instead of the traditional Langstroth hive body. My wife, however, is a strict traditionalist, so she is going with the Langstroth. Has anyone out there tried the Gardener's Hive, and, if so, what luck did you have? I am primarily interested in pollination. I will add more hives and go for honey production next year.