|A tree stump makes a handy place to paint|
A surprise visit from out of town relatives taught me something about beekeeping. It's pretty darn fascinating and people are intrigued by a hive even when it's empty. Everyone has questions (some I have answers to and some I don't) and everyone has jokes. So yes, the buzz on the street is that this will make me the queen bee if it doesn't turn out to be a sting operation...oh, Honey, you get the idea. Please feel free to make up your own...
Underneath the metal topped telescoping cover you find the top cover of the hive body.
Removing the top cover reveals the frames, in this case ten of them.
The frames hold the foundation that the bees will actually "work." This is plastic foundation covered with bees wax but I've ordered a smaller local variety of bee and may need to replace this with a real wax one with smaller compartments. This is better for the larger breeds of bee, and apparently my bees will grow larger to work the larger cells on this foundation if I don't replace it. I'll be ordering up some small cell beeswax foundation and putting it in these frames before my bees arrive.
I'm making my first trip out to the local bee association's bee yard this weekend. Look for pics on the Facebook page.
What do you call a bee that goes into space?
What's really sad is that I just made that one up...which is probably a bad sign...