I have always loved bees. And the hubs likes them, too.
We became interested in keeping bees a few years ago after becoming aware of the honeybee population decline and colony collapse disorder. We viewed the movies Vanishing of the Bees and Queen of the Sun together and started planting pollinator-friendly plants near our vegetable garden to attract and protect these precious insects. Click HERE for a list of bee-friendly plants in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.
|Suited up and ready!|
For Christmas, the hubs and I shared a gift: the Basic Beekeeping course offered by the Beekeepers Guild of Southeast Virginia. IT WAS FABULOUS!!! We went for three Saturdays in a row and filled our minds to the bursting point with all things beekeeping. Sign us up for a beekeeping mentor, please!
|Me in my oh-so-attractive beekeeper's veil|
A couple of weeks ago, we had our first hands-on bee experience. Our mentor's hive had to be split to prevent the bees from swarming... we'll be right over to observe and help! What amazing creatures! We observed so many things and helped where we could, splitting our mentor's hive into 2 hives plus a nuc box (a small starter hive).
Cannot WAIT to get our own hive. We're fortunate that our city allows home beekeeping. Here I share with you some of the wonder-filled things we saw that day...
|Bees coming and going from our mentor's hive|
|The hubs and I trying to light the smoker|
|Smoke calms the bees|
|Hubs testing the smoker|
|Opening the hive and finding SO MANY bees!|
|Using the hive tool to pull out the a frame of comb and bees|
|Lots of bees!|
|Bees with capped brood, eggs, and larvae|
|There she is... the Queen... with the yellow dot!|
|Bee cleaning house and another in flight|
|Take-offs and Landings|
|Me taking a look at a frame from the hive|
|Me pulling a full frame out of the hive|
|When finished (L to R): Hive 1, Nuc Box, Hive 2|
|One of our new friends bids farewell to the hubs|