from Jacqui and me to this record of our experiences as new beekeepers in The Marches.
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Sunday, 24 January 2010
Mite drop counts for the last two days are 73 and 62 respectively. There has been some mid-day sun on the hive on each day with the result that a few bees have been flying. First snowdrops are beginning to appear in the garden.
"Brood Box" - a deeper box of frames intended to be used by the queen for laying and for the rearing of brood
"Foundation" - A bees wax sheet imprinted with hexagonal shapes. This encourages the bees to use their wax glands to draw out wax to form the comb. They do not need to be taught how to build comb but the sheets ensure flat comb making honey extraction easier.
"Frame" - A wooden frame containing wax foundation that the bees use to draw out comb in which to store honey or raise brood. Generally a super or brood box will each contain 11 frames
"Queen Excluder" - a perforated sheet through which a queen cannot pass though worker bees can.
"Super" - a more shallow box of frames usually used for honey storage
Leintwardine, Herefordshire/Shropshire, United Kingdom
A grey wrinkley, long married to a non-grey unwrinkly, father to three long term potential wrinkleys, and enjoying retirement outrageously thanks to them and to the thousands of buzzy friends at the end of the garden. Who would have thought an insect could get so thoroughly under my skin, and no they haven't stung me - yet!!