Sunday, March 18, 2012

Early Bees

I'm really excited about starting the hives this year.  The truth is, I've become just a teensy bit obsessed with bees.

I've been reading some great books and watching tons of YouTube vids all about bees.  

I heart YouTube.

But that's not what I'm here to tell you.

I'm here to tell you that the feral bees are out!!

We've seen a couple of different kinds - the brown/gold kind and the black/yellow kind.     I'm thinking that maybe there are two feral hives somewhere close by.

It's possible.

My photography skills aren't stellar, but I just had to try to get some photographic proof that the feral bees are flying.

So today I sat down in our bed of grape hyacinth and took lots of pics of flowers where bees had just been. 

It's hard to take pics of bees.

They move around a lot.

A lot, I tell you!

And then I got this one.

I hope you're impressed.

Take a look at that big yellow spot on her back leg.   That's a pollet basket.  Bees mix the pollen they gather with bee spit and pack it into their baskets to take back to the hive.   You can tell she's been busy.


  1. Heather and I were wondering where you will be getting your bees. Will you try to attract a feral colony or acquire them from another beekeeper?

  2. Hi Saige! We'll be getting our bees from Graham's Bee Works in Martinsville. Once we get a little experience [and an extra hive] we will try to attract swarms of feral bees.

  3. I'm very impressed that you got that picture! I'm even more impressed that you were sitting in the flowers waiting to get it! :-) I was thinking of you today as I got home and saw swarms of bees running around (well, flying around). It made me think of the wasp and hornet nests I meant to knock down while it was cold and the yellowjacket nest in my backyard I wanted to neutralize. Oh well. Too late.

  4. I am also impressed. :) And excited for you!


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