Saturday, March 14, 2015

Inside the Hive: Comb, Capped Honey, Brood, Pollen

bees and pollen

I smoke the hive and lift off the outer cover and then the inner cover. I always get a rush of adrenaline when I do this. The bees are noisy and the humming can be unnerving at first. You'll get use to that. Once inside the hive I want to look for 3 good signs on the frames. Notice that the bees are building out comb. Those little six sided cells are where they'll store honey, pollen, and brood. When the honey is ready they cap it off. We especially want to see brood comb. Those are your baby bees.

bees honeycomb

frame of capped honey

frame of brood

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