Part II: The Inspiration of an Unintended Beekeeper
PUBLISHED ON: 08.23.2013
Beekeeping is more than just loving honey, it requires that you be prepared to learn new life lessons taught to you by your bees or be reinforced from the perspective of bees.
Bees are one nature’s most fascinating insects, they are the only insects to make honey and are depended upon for 80% of the pollination needed for the world’s fruits, nuts and vegetables. You may want to think about that next time you bite into a summer peach, take a handful of nuts and put them in your mouth, or are trying to figure out how to make your grandmother’s squash casserole recipe.
About 4 weeks after the hive was set up and the queen introduced to her new workers, it was time to check the health of the hive. This means it is time to open up the hive and take a close look at the activity inside your bees new home, and with any luck you will see the queen or at least be able to identify that she is indeed working.
The bees here doing something that is called bearding-it means that the bees are hot and they have stepped on the front porch to cool off and have a beer. A lesson here is you are clearly out numbered and the bees may not take kindly to the hive being disturbed. Moral of the story? Just like everyday life, timing is critical.
I didn't know the queen could be identified with a red dot!
Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
I have no idea if my last comment went through as I was too busy looking for the red dot! Beekeeping is becoming increasingly popular here on NYC rooftops so I'm glad to know more about this!
What an amazing animal most of us take for granted. Great post!
wow so that's the QUEEN! I don't think I will have guts to do beekeeping…
I think you are very brave. I will never kill a bee and I love honey but I keep my distance as when I get stung I am a hospital case!! Hope you have a dry and good weekend. Diane
SavoringTime in the Kitchen
So interesting to see what a queen bee actually looks like! I hope your son continues to enjoy his new hobby because, heaven knows, we need healthy honey bees. I also hope he buys that sting-proof suit 🙂
I feel like getting a hive for my back yard!
i would not be brave enough to be a beekeeper. it is a fascinating science, though.thanks for stopping in today! 🙂
Interesting post, and surprising how large the red dot is. Good luck to your son and happy beekeeping!
So exciting – and brave!
What an interesting post! I came to look and learned instead. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary
truly fascinating. I've never been that up close and personal to a bee hive, even in pictures. How awesome. It sounds like quite a bit of work. But I'm sure the reward is wonderful at the end.
Dear Velva, That is something! I am so sorry that your son got stung. It is very painful and it does take a long time to feel better. I hope he is doing o.k.. I guess the bee-suit is a must. Hope all goes better. I am glad though that he was not dissuaded and is carrying on.Blessings dear. Catherine xo
Another fascinating post, and excellent pictures. I think a bee suit would be a wise investment, because your son is clearly great at bee keeping, and the occasional sting will inevitably happen.
That photo reminds me of the wrapper on an Italian brand of honey candy I used to suck on as a child…
I'm impressed that your son only got stung once!!! I find this whole bee keeping thing super fascinating.
Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen
What a fascinating hobby. I'm so impressed with your son's learning. So sorry he got stung though. I swell up like crazy from any type of stings. Maybe you're right – it's time for a bee suit. How fun to actually see the queen. BTW, the bees are the only ones who are wild and crazy from this rain :)Sam
Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)
I'm really enjoying these updates. Yup, i'd be getting that suit. And LOL, finding that queen was like Finding Waldo. By the way, getting cabbage from my garden. I'm here to do a search for those cabbage rolls. I'll finally be giving them a try.
How exciting for your son! And how impressed that he continues after being stung! Awesome pictures!
I don't think I could do the bee keeping thing. As you know, many farmers contract with bee keepers to have hives stationed in their fields during pollination time and we saw something very unique yesterday driving through Montana. A semi was stacked about four hives high and covered with a mesh to deliver to the next location. As we passed the truck going slowly up a steep grade, we could see lots of bees flying around.
I found 3 racks for sale for about $800, not sure if that's a good deal. Just looking for now.If he reacted like that, next time could likely be worse. Does he have an epipen just in case?
Fun! It looks like your son is enjoying his bees!
Cathy at Wives with Knives
I live in the country and having bee hives is very popular here. Don't know if I could get over my fear of being stung and actually get close to one.
my goodness, you keep your own bees!.
I am so impressed by your son's courage and ingenuity. 🙂 I've worked up enough courage to work with goats and birds and dogs, but I think bees would still be waaaay out of my comfort zone. 🙂
I'd love to have bees.
Karen (Back Road Journal)
I think it is wonderful that you son has such an interesting hobby. I do think both a bee suit and an epipen would be a wise investment.
Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
I'd love to keep bees. I am 100% positive that I'd have a bee suit, bee gloves and a hat with a net the size of a volkswagen.
Love the pictures and I'm impressed with your son. (I can't believe you could see the queen!)
There is indeed always a risk when the outcome is something worthy. Long back I remember we had beehive on our mulberry tree (in India)and our security aid helped us remove the bees and obtain honey. I was quite small but still remember the smoke and everything.
I'm impressed. What an interesting thing for your son to take an interest in and I sure do wish him much success. Sorry to hear about the stinger though.