Category Archives: Regular Update

God Save the Queen (and observe some Varroa mites)

Did one of our early checks, finding the queen, checking for early Varroa, etc. We found her, and we did find about 7 mites on our board. A little disturbing this early in the season. We’re thinking about what options … Continue reading

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The queen is dead, long live the queen

So, what was expected happened. Our 8 frame hive, which had been struggling the entire year, finally gave up the ghost. The combination of cold weather, fairly heavy varroa infestation, and a poorly producing queen made for a poor hive. … Continue reading

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Varroa control update

Powdering the bees: A bee cleaning itself from powdered sugar: Here’s a PDF of the process:

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Arlington County fair, regular checkup, and brewing mead

Moving and class prevented me from updating more regularly recently, but here’s The Great Update. Arlington County Fair First off, I want to recognize the strong bond people seem to have formed in the Beekeeper’s Association of Northern Virginia ( … Continue reading

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The Great Fright

So, last week on Sunday, we checked out both of our hives, to see how our buzzy sisters are doing. We checked out the 10 frame hive, and found some beautiful brood patterns, a very busy queen and bees working … Continue reading

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We checked up on our hive and added some extra boxes. Not all the frames are full, but it’s better to be on time with adding space, to prevent swarming and overcrowding. Overall, everything looks good, but the 8-frame hive … Continue reading

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Bee Babies!

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