These cute little worms are the larvae from wax moths.  And they are not cute or little.  When a beehive is weakened, because of low bee populations for example, the wax moth can enter the hive and lay eggs.  When the eggs mature they turn into these larvae. The wax moth larvae have a ferocious…

Springtime in the apiary is a busy time.  If you remember, last year I lost multiple hives, which I think was from hives that swarmed and did not produce a queen to keep the colony going.  The good news from that was that I took all the honey from the hives that died…and gave it…

The bad news in 2016 was that I lost 3 hives.  This could be because of beekeeper error, but my mentor says it could just be “beekeeping”, as you never really know why this happens.  While I was letting all 3 of these lost hives build up honey stores for the winter, when they die,…

As winter approaches, the population of the hive decreases and all the boys (drones) are kicked out, as they are useless this time of year.  The only time they are really needed is in the spring and summer when a queen needs mated, otherwise they perform absolutely no duties around the hive. As the temperatures…

The Sensible Fitness beehives are down to one.  Mid-summer, I lost a queen in two hives and am not sure why.  This led to the loss of both hives, since it is too late in the year to introduce a new queen and get the populations back up for winter. While I have not ruled…

This time of year there is very little nectar available for the bees, so I have been feeding them a homemade version, which is one part water and one part sugar. This makes sugar syrup, and the girls are devouring it. At the peak of their hunger, I have been going through nearly 100 pounds…

After beekeeping for over 2 years, I finally decided to take a little honey from the bees.  The flowering trees and flowers of spring produced a very light and sweet honey, and I chose to take a “polite” amount from them.  The good thing about honey is that it will never go bad, so if…

After successfully treating for mites, I learned that I have two hives that are without a queen after experiencing a swarm in all four hives.  One of the hives is trying to develop its own queen and I hope is successful.  The other hive without a queen is in more trouble and I need to…

Springtime has brought some unexpected challenges to the Sensible Fitness beehives. Even though I treated the hives for the deadly varroa mite that was present last fall, they appeared again this spring. The mites are like a tick and will literally suck the life out of a bee. If left untreated, this pest will destroy…

More often than not, the protrusion circled at left is not a welcome site for a beekeeper.  This is a swarm cell, which means a developing queen bee is inside.  While this may sound like a good thing, it is not.  When bees feel crowded in their hive they will develop a second queen, and…

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