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Last September I harvested some honeycomb from one of my Warre hives. In Spring of 2008 I had hived a huge swarm, and over the summer they built up a big hive with lots of good looking honey comb. I decided I would harvest a box of cut comb honey from this hive.
I received some Warre hive photos from a fellow recently that lives in a suburb of Portland, Oregon. He built a Warre hive last spring and populated it with bees from a shook swarm. His hive is located in his city backyard where there is plenty of flowering plants, flowers and trees for his bees to forage on. Brenden told me that his bees filled two hives boxes with honey comb in five days!
This last week I received a call from a person who had honeybees in the back of his RV. I guess the bees just wanted some rest and relaxation. However, the RV owner did not want the bees! So, he called me and I went out to take a look.
He was astonished to see a lot of bees flying
The owner informed me that he had let his RV sit for over two years. He was just now getting ready to sell it. The owner had not noticed anything out of the ordinary when he was inside the RV, but when he went to the back to check on something…he was astonished to see a lot of bees flying in and out through a keyhole in a cubbyhole door. So, he gave me a call. When I got there, I went around back of the RV and opened the door to the cubbyhole. (I put on my bee suit first!) Sure enough, they had built a nest right inside the cupboard.
Mid 90’s in the shade
Talk about hot! It has been hot here in this last week, The weather is cooler now…but last week we had several days of mid 90’s F in the shade. Regardless of how we humans feel, the bees seem to cope with the heat rather well. My bees have been very busy gathering the last of the blackberry nectar flow and carrying it home to ripen into honey. They are also gathering another liquid in large quantities…water.