|Waterfront Property for the Bees.|
So, here is BB1 as Frances and I decided to call it.
Above the deep hive body there is a feeder board that has an entrance hole so bees can go in at the top or bottom or the hive. We noticed the yellow stain from pollen hitting the board as they fly in. The bee on the right is loaded up with pollen.
Eldon Barham, who really wants to get closer to see what is going on.
My dear friend Frances, who sat in Mark's truck to watch the proceedings. Eldon was stung once years ago and had a terrible reaction, so she's not thrilled with Eldon's fascination with the bees at this point, but thinks they're far away enough from the house to be permitted to stay.
Mark fired up the smoker, just in case. It was sunny but very windy, and the bees have stung him repeatedly both times he's come out to feed them.
A bonus bug sighting! This grasshopper was soaking up some sun on the metal cover.
This is the first frame we pulled out. The bees are grouped around open, uncapped honey/nectar. Notice the yellow pollen stains on the tops of the frames closest to the entrance!
I backed up to get a shot of Mark working and was excited to see so many bees and some solid yellow, capped brood.
It's no big surprise these bees are thriving, because everyone who comes to the Barhams' house is pampered and fed well. Eldon wanted us to take home some frozen figs and corn, but we knew we weren't going home soon, so we had to turn him down.
We spent the next several hours on bee-related tasks, but that's a story for another day, as we were putting up swarm traps and looking at a tear-out in someone's house.