Thursday, September 15, 2016

Bee Yards in Early September



Bees are working hard to store honey before winter.
The hives in the two yards above are in their winter configurations.
All are queen-right and will be monitored for honey weight throughout the fall. Hive manipulations are completed so the bees can arrange themselves for Old Man Winter uninterrupted except for the
occasional hive "heft" to check their weight. Next time we will open them up is in the early Spring.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Honey Bee Plants in Late Summer on Long Island

Knotweed

Dogbane

Joe Pye

Smartweed

Swamp Mallow

Knapweed

Honey bee on knapweed flower



Hive action on a hot late August day.
Orientation fights and bearding.