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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BeeWeaver Grit Ohio Beekeeper
Ohio
FYI. I can attest to the hardiness of your bee-line. I have tested 8 genetic lines of bees over the last 7 years in our location of northern Ohio. I came into stewardship of some of your buckfast hybrid bees about 5 years ago (what i suspect may have been some of your bee weaver early - progenitors). I do not chemically treat, as i have been seeking a bee that is naturally cold-hardy and mite tolerant and while this has been an expensive, learning proposition, your bees win hands down. They are slightly more aggressive, but i strongly believe that this is a trait to be desired for survival. Too much has been lost by selection of bees (particularly the Italian line) that are extremely docile and has led to what we believe are weak and unstable genetics without immunity or hardiness. I have been a local proponent of your bees and encourage keeper tolerance for a trait that bees should have - they have stingers for a reason - to protect the sweet gold we have come to love so dearly !! After consulting with some expert entomologists several years ago we ran some tests for RFLP fragments across several bee lines and found differences between your buckfast hybrids and the others. We would love to continue our studies with your bee weaver line in the future. The hive i came into possession of is now entering its 6th year without fail and swarms every spring (with secret hopes of encouraging repopulation in the wild) Thank you BeeWeaver !!!
a beezie day in the bee yard mdm106
Texas
Snow Bees
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 have to dig out a small area in which to hive them. It was about 20 degrees when I hived these 25 packages. They'll be fine. The trick for hiving in cold temperatures is to have everything set up and in place before you bring the bees out of the house. Note the fence that I will string electric wire from since both black bears and grizzlies live in the neighborhood. Once the snow melts I will be able to move them further apart but digging down through 3 feet of compacted snow is hard!
HilltopBees
Andrew Burnard
Texas
Kenya Toy bar hive doing very well.
Bee Stories from Indiana Indiana Beekeeper
Indiana
Another story of humor, (see what ya did, Ya got me on a roll) I was called to "rescue" a man from a swarm of bees just north of our town. When I got there he was in the house with his doors locked. Apparently thinking that the bees would do like the ones on cartoons and form into a giant hand and open the door. When I walked to the door he asked if it was safe to come out. I assured him it was. He took me to the back of the house and pointed out a beautiful swarm hanging from an equally beautiful evergreen tree at about eye level. He wanted them gone. I went to the car and retrieved a nuc box. (Hadn't made that bucket yet) and the pruners and returned to the bees. He asked if I was going to put on a suit and I told him I didn't realize it was a formal affair. When I got to the tree to take a close look I realized they were wrapped on a couple of branches making it difficult to give them enough of a shake to drop them into the nuc box. He asked how I was going to do it and I told him that if it wasn't such a nice tree I would trim the branches and set them into the box but didn't want to ruin a nice tree. His comment was, "Cut the whole tree down if you need to. Just get them out of here." I trimmed the branches and lowered them into the box but there were a lot of bees still flying. When it appeared that most were inside and some were starting to leave again I put a screen lid on it and waited until the flying bees were setteled on the screen on the outside of it. I then picked up the box and started to the car. He told me to let him get in the house before I shook the bees off of the outside and I told him they were not going to be shook. I placed them on the front seat with me and he stood there shaking his head as I drove away. My next stop was in the town of Kentland at the grocery store where I was dropping a bundle of newspapers. (My wife owns the county newspaper called The Benton Review. I put the windows up so the bees on the outside of the box wouldn't get away and went inside. Coming back about 5 minutes later my car was surrounded by people. I asked one teenage lad, "Hey, what's up with that car." He told me that it appeared that a bunch of bees had attacked it and gotten inside. There were probably 50 bees or so on the windows. I looked at the boy and said, "boy, sure would hate to be in there, wouldn't you." He quickly agreed. Then I made my way to the driver's door, carefully opened it and brushed the bees off of the seat and shut the door. As I drove off I wished I had a camera to take a picture of the faces of the boy and the group of people. Priceless.
Bee Stories from Indiana Indiana Beekeeper
Indiana
Another humorous story before I quit boring you. The Catholic Church in our town (Sacred Heart) has a colony that lives in the peak of the roof. It must be a very good breed because they have survived the mites and still produce two spring swarms every years. The first year that I lived close Father Gross came knocking on my door and, not knowing I was a bee keeper but as a police officer, told me there was a big bunch of dangerous bees in a tree where the children were about to be sent out to play and they were going to have to keep the kids in. He wanted to know if I had anything that could "kill them quickly" for the sake of the children. Putting on my best serious face (which is hard since I am rarely serious) I told him I would come apprehend the intruders. He went back over and was standing about 50 feet from them. I walked up with a plastic bucket that I had cut large strips out of the sides of and covered them with #8 screening. The lid also has most of the center plastic removed and is covered with the same screen and on the edges also has a couple of bee escapes pointing inward. When I arrived with the bucket he thought I has some magic killer potient in it. He freaked out when I sat the bucket below the swarm that was hanging about four feet above the ground and started examining the swarm from about a foot away. They were attached to a fairly small limb so I pulled the pruners from by back pocket and cut the limbs away from the swarm. When the only limb left was the one they were on I took a grip on it, cut it from the tree and turned to place it in the bucket. Father was crossing himself, sweating like he had just finished the Boston Marathon and shaking his head. I Gently laid them in the bucket and put the lid on. The few bees that were still flying soon found the bee escapes and entered with the rest of the bees. Father Gross then carefully walked up to peer into the bucket and asked me if I would consider some mental counceling if he provided the funding for it. Since then though, he has been much braver about the bees. I have removed enough swarms from his parsonage that he is now almost brave enough to hold the bucket. After each swarm is removed the following Sunday's sermon is on the "Beautiful creatures God has blessed his church rafters with." He cracks me up. His comment now, when he finds a new swarm is, "Don, there's more girls for you." Of course he never turns down the free jar of honey.
Weird Apiary
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
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 keeper of that hive in my yard.
Weird Apiary
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 all I will end up with. The barrel in the photos was removed from property of a grandfather who was afraid his grandkids would go poking into the hole and get stung. I have a strong hive from those bees and had some great white wax from inside. The yellow hive is my most productive. It is called a D.E. Hive manufactured by Dave Emery of Canada. It has a ventilation chamber on top that causes air to rise throught he hive much as the attic of a house does. In so doing it draws fresh air in from the bottom and exhaust the moist air at the top. Instead of 2/3 of the bees fanning and working the honey while a third are gathering, the roles reverse. 2/3 are gathering and it only takes 1/3 to process the honey and maintain a proper temperature. The hive is actually most efficient when set right out in the sun. The others are regular hives, although one, my first ever, has a copper roof on it. Enjoy and feel free to use the photos as you desire. All of my hives are operating without chemicals.
Haley's Bees
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 around her. Smile and all.
Urban Hives
TX Beekeeper
Texas
3 Hives, urban style, Fall 2009, YUMMY!
Solar Bees
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 frames in them. Some of my other hives did over five supers. Spring 2010 Littleton, CO
Bee Feedback Clevlan Beekeeper
Ohio
I know that sometimes it must be frustrating for you to send so many of your "children" away and never hear anything about them. Well, I received my queen and her workers in the spring of 2009. We are now a year and a quarter on and they are doing great. They superseded their queen in August last year (no sign of injury but something obviously had gone wrong). They survived a tough winter and a cold wet spring and are now booming. They are incredibly gentle, easy to work and so far, there has not been a Veroa issue at all. Thank you from a very satisfied customer! Spring 2010 Cleveland, OH
Bees on their porch
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
Package Progress
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 up.
grandchild bee story Columbia BeeKeeper
Missouri
I’ve started keeping bees on the farm. I purchased five queens and 15 pounds of bees from an apiary in Texas and installed them a few weeks ago. When I examined them a week or so ago I didn’t see three of the queens and while I figured the queens were still there I wasn’t 100% sure. So a couple days ago I look for them again and found them all. > Yesterday when I was over at my daughter’s house for a few minutes I reported to my daughter and her husband that I had seen all five of my bee queen’s yesterday. Xan, my 3 year-old granddaughter, was standing in the driveway with us and she asked, “Do they have crowns?” Spring 2010 Columbia, MO
My Girls
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
Bees from Beeweavers
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 in time to get them installed in their new homes by 3:00 PM. Spring 2010 Arlington, TX
Papa Beekeeper, Boy Beekeeper
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 first 2 inspections have gone well and we already have several frames of capped brood. Diamond, MO Spring 2010
Damaged Package
BeeWeaver
Texas
This is a damaged package... hive the bees as usual and contact us immediately.