Friday, May 29, 2009

Bees in our bonnet (and not just figuratively)

Last sunday molly and i made a trip out to Knapp, WI for a little beekeeping with a doctor who is a client of hers. She was nice enough to connect me with him since she knew of my interest in bees. He was a very interesting knowledgeable guy. He has 5 hives and was transferring some of the bees to a new hive the day we were there. I enjoyed seeing the hives in person since the class i took didn't have any live bees because it wasn't the right season.

Minneapolis has actually passed the beekeeping ordinace recently, but i still think i will wait until retirement to take on this hobby.

Hives boxes.

The wire thing is a queen extruder, it keeps her out of the honey boxes (known as supers) and down in the area where the brood is (young bees). The honeycomb-looking stuff on top is called
Propolis. It is more an annoyance to beekeepers because the bees create it everywhere and then beekeepers just remove it and try to keep it under control. Propolis is popular in Asia and at health foods stores. It apparently helps with burns, improves the immune system and helps with worn healing. Also, it is used in comestic products.

There were only 2 bee hoods so Molly stood off away a bit more and a bee stung her. Only downside of the trip there was that we came home covered in ticks. I am fairly certain they were all wood ticks (deer ticks carry the diseases), but still it was not a very pleasant experience. Just when you think you have found all of them... you find another. Makes for a paranoid night of sleeping.

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