Wednesday, January 2, 2008

I may check my hives this weekend - the temp may get up to the magic 45 degrees and the girls may want to take a cleansing flight - yes, they hold it until then - all winter. When I crack open the hive, I'll take a second to enjoy the rush of warm, honey and beeswax scented air, then stand back - if they decide to fly, they will not hesitate to speckle their liberator with some fairly concentrated bee guano.

I'll also look for any signs of intrusion, including the wax month that has gotten into my colonies. One of the coolest things is that when something large dies in your hive, the bees can't carry it out, so they encase it in propolis. Mouse sarcophagi.

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