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First Honey Harvest This Year

My youngest son, Gerrit, and I went to Sugarland (part of greater Houston, Texas) on Saturday and did a bee removal from the wall of a garage. It was quite extensive. We cut out brood comb and honey and pollen … Continue reading

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This son may be hitting the “pause” button

(Richardson, TX) Several things have conspired together to lead me to my current state of mind: to stop keeping bees. Due to my bees drinkings habits (like humans that way, you know?) I can’t keep hives at my house. That’s … Continue reading

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A new swarm arrives

(Richardson, TX) I was moving stuff from my garage to my truck. Bee equipment actually. Made a trip to the truck (which was just 30 feet away), and returned and suddenly there was a cloud of bees. So I turned … Continue reading

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Busy and Tired

Yesterday and today I cut plywood boards and 2×4′s to make beehive tops and bottom boards but I have not put them together yet. I also got materials together to make inner covers. Today I went through many of the … Continue reading

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Another Swarm

My youngest son and I drove down to Katy, Texas, and picked up a nice big swarm this morning. The homeowner got them to go into a cardboard box and set it at the side of their house, so all … Continue reading

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Busy after my move back to Texas from Japan

Since returning to Texas from Japan, my youngest son and I have split two hives, melted beeswax and dipped foundation sheets, milled about 50 4.9 small cell foundation sheets from our own wax using our own foundation mill, trimmed and … Continue reading

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Queen in Observation Hive

Today I was able to get a pretty good photograph of the queen bee in the observation hive surrounded by her attendants. This hive is in my office and is comprised of one frame. They seem to be doing well.

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Nucleus Hive

Here is a short update on the nucleus hive I put together: it has been raining quite a bit the last several days, so today was the first day I was able to open up the nucleus hive of western … Continue reading

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Converting from Observation Hive to Nucleus Hive

The western honey bee colony in my observation beehive built quite a bit of burr (cross-/brace-) comb attached to both the face of the brood comb and the glass/plastic of the beehive since there was quite a bit of space … Continue reading

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“Free-standing colony” of Japanese Honey Bees

Yesterday I got a call about a colony of Japanese honey bees (Apis cerana japonica) that had been built under the eave of a house in Nishi Urube, Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan. We did not know until we got there to … Continue reading

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