Inside the Hive: Views from a First Year Beekeeper (Scene 7)

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Hey there folks.  In this scene from the hive, I’d like to show off something that my son and I saw today during our inspection of hive #2 (the hive from my mentor’s nuc).  I almost missed this because it was quite hot out today with no breeze whatsoever.  It was the first time we’d used the smoker and, quite honestly, it seemed to agitate the bees more.  We’ll work on that.

In the center of the picture you can see a bee emerging from its cell.  When we pulled this frame, we could see her antennae poking out of the cell and within just a minute or two, she’d popped her head out.

About 5 cells above this there is a bee which appears to be in the pupa stage (which is a capped stage) but it was open.  Unfortunately the close-up of this didn’t turn out.  I think it might have been dead.   If you have thoughts on this, I’d like to hear them.

Enjoy,

Matt

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Matt (twitter @MattInTheGarden) enjoys the heck out of cooking and eating ribs and is particularly enamored with his brown sugar dry rub.  Insanely delicious.  Matt thinks This Old House’s Tom Silva is really cool.  He likes iced tea with lemon and sharp cheddar cheese – not together, of course.

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