Thursday, February 17, 2011

And then there was one...

One of our hives is still alive.

See the girls coming in and out?

This time of year, they are all girls.
The boys don't do any work.
At all.
So, int eh late summer the girls get rid of them.
Who wants to take care of a bunch of boys
who don't do anything all winter?

Bees are so smart.

Last February we had a hive that survived.
until an unexpected cold freeze got them.

This year we are feeding the girls pollen
(it's for the babies the queen is starting to lay).

And sugar (for the grown-up girls).
And we put on a box of uneaten honey from the dead hive.

See the pollen strips?  See the granulated sugar?  
I was so pessimistic
I didn't wear a bee suit.
I had to photograph fast.

How many men does it take to open a bee hive?

And Mr. was the only one of us smart enough to wear a suit.

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