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Bee stories: Good and Bad

This month has been both high and low at the apiary. A couple of weeks back we heard that the two hives we have on one site were very quiet. 

Calamity at the hive tells the story. 

This weekend we went to visit another site where a further hive stands. This time our work was more positive and involved a visit from the local police too. 

Police surveillance 

As we drew up in the carpark, our camper van was obviously a bit eye catching so the local patrol drew in behind us. After a brief friendly chat we asked him if he’d like to see the hive. 


We were bringing two extra honey boxes to give them more space. They had a productive season last year with about twelve kilos of honey. 

The local policeman, Paul, was intrigued. We showed him the very peaceful bees. They’re bringing pollen in which is a good sign. It means they’ll be feeding this protein source to the new brood of young bees. 


He enjoyed the taste of a small piece of comb from the hive too. 

With the extra space the hive should continue expanding for a few more weeks.

Another story

On the flip side the two empty hives attracted some attention today. 

Bees have been seen flying in and out. So we went to visit today. 

Between rain showers, we checked the hive. Sadly although there are bees visiting they are taking traces of honey. There’s no new occupants. 


The frames are quiet and there’s no hum of activity. 


We removed an empty honey box and shut the entrance to prevent more visitors. 

Hopefully we may have a swarm soon to replace the lost colonies. 

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4 comments on “Bee stories: Good and Bad

  1. bcparkison
    May 3, 2017

    It is so disheartening to fine no bees working the hive.

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    • lizard100
      May 3, 2017

      True. It feels desperately sad. And not knowing exact causes is frustrating too. Or being able to fix the cause. If it’s weather you can’t change that.

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  2. bcparkison
    May 3, 2017

    We can’t change the ‘stuff’ they are spraying overhead either.

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  3. Emily Scott
    May 3, 2017

    No wonder the bees were well behaved with a policeman watching 😉

    Your brood comb looks very dark. Maybe put fresh foundation in, in case the comb is harbouring any disease that contributed to the death of the two colonies. Nosema spores are invisible and nosema ceranae doesn’t have any obvious symptoms apart from a slow spring build-up.

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