from Jacqui and me to this record of our experiences as new beekeepers in The Marches.
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Friday, 5 February 2010
Warmer at last
Sun out and temp reaching 12c has opened the Snowdrops and brought out the bees in force. Foragers all over the garden. Some collecting water from the grass, others working the Snowdrop flowers. Great to see them out with a purpose even for a short time.
"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!!