Sunday, July 18, 2010

Revisting the Newest Bee Colony

Remember those 700 bees that we captured last semester? We opened their box to check on them today for the first time since we placed them in the bee box along with the cardboard box on May 2, 2010.

The top picture is what we saw inside of the box when David finally pried open the lid. The box was filled with honey. Under the bee box lid was attached with the top portion of the beehive and saturated with honey (see picture below).

I am getting really bold around the bees. I know that I am supposed to be calm and move gently around the bee hives, but I was so excited to see how much progress these bees have made. They really made a new home for themselves. I was moving back and forth taking pictures and trying to get better angles. As you can see from the pictures, most of us just had our regular clothes on. Some of us were wearing short sleeve shirts and shorts. It was a very hot day.

If you are afraid of bees like I was, I can tell you that bees are peaceful creatures. See how we broke their hive and robbed their honey? Nobody got stung today just like May 2 when we brought them to their new home.

See Revisiting the Newest Bee Colony for more pictures.

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