Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The First Pollen

The bees have found the first pollen today afternoon. The bees have the best feed for the brood now.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Checking Bees

I checked the hives yesterday. The photos are from the middle box of the three boxes hive. 

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Populus tremula

Populus tremula brings a pollen flow for our bees. But now is still too cold weather and the bees are not flying.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Easter Honey Gingerbread

The Easter is coming soon. We are bakeing the traditional honey gingerbread. Each egg is a hand made original.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Corylus avellana

The first pollen is still waiting for bees. I have taken a photo of "hazel nut" pollen grains in my microscope.

The Inside Information

The colonies have a brood in the hive now. The bees keep the consistent temperature in the brood chamber. The bees never leave the brood. They can starve in the cold weather if the honey is a frame away.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Spring Fly

Today is a lot of sun. The bees are flying but they have still no pollen or nectar flow. The weather is too cold. Colonies look good after this long winter.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

My Parents Beekeeping

I have visited my parents this weekend. My father has been cleaning hive boxes. My parents keep nearly 70 bee colonies.

Monday, March 9, 2009

The Brood Rearing

The temperature rises in the brood chamber. The bees keep 34.5°C now.  The outside temperature is +4°C. The bees do not fly out.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

The Microscope

What is it?

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Waiting for the Sun III

Salix caprea - This tree is very important for bees. The nectar flow is starting when it is in bloom. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Waiting for the Sun II

Populus tremula

This tree brings a lot of spring pollen. 

Monday, March 2, 2009

Waiting for the Sun

Trees and bees are waiting for the spring sun. The sun brings the first pollen.
(Corylus avellana)

Sunday, March 1, 2009

The Early Spring

The broodnest expansion is starting now. The bees need 34.5°C for the brood rearing.