Monthly Archives: September 2011

Vegan Style!

Knives’ hive is busting at the seams so I decided to add the 3rd evil ex super to the hive today. In addition to the Ramona Commemorative super, this will be the 4th super overall. I wanted at least four filled out supers before winter to feel good about their chances making it through until next spring.

Added Super #4 (Vegan Style!) to Knives's hive

Brenna got some really nice shots of eggs and larvae in various states of development which is one of the reasons for the additional super.

Eggs and developing brood in Knives's hive

I’ll continue to feed the hive for the time being until we get some rain. It is starting to look promising with some rain falling in Austin this weekend and cooler temperatures on the way.

Feeding Knives some cheap honey to help her through the drought.

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What the heck is blooming?

Knives’ hive continues to amaze me. During today’s inspection, I noticed a lot of frames with new pollen stores plus there were a lot of foragers flying back in with full pollen sacs.

I really have no idea what could be blooming. I guess this is one of the benefits of having hives in an urban environment where people still keep their gardens alive even when the outlying areas are parched dry and on fire.

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Central Texas Fires

On a serious note, central Texas is currently experiencing some of the worst fires in the history of the State. A year-long drought followed by large gusts of cool dry air from Tropical Storm Lee was a deadly cocktail for starting wild fires. This is a shot of downtown Austin with dark billowing smoke dominating the horizon.

For those interesting in helping, please donate to the Red Cross of Central Texas.

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Sooie!

During my hive inspections, I’ve started placing a line of honey along the front entrance. I figure it helps keep the girls occupied, and who knows, they may even start associating an inspection with a treat of honey. I always get a laugh when I see them come out of the hive and start taking up the honey. They really remind me of pigs at a trough.

Bees at the trough

We finally had a break in temperature today, and it was a beautiful 75 degrees when I checked on the hives. The ironic part is a good chunk of the Austin area is on fire right now as the cold front brought it gusty winds and lowered the humidity considerably. It would have been really nice if Tropical Storm Lee had decided to go through Texas as opposed to the other Gulf Coast states.

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