|The starter beehives. The smoker calms them down.|
So, in December, Steve brought four "starter" hives and made sure that there was enough sugar water for the bees during cold weather. Now, we've moved on to the full sized hives, and he says the first "supers" will be going on soon.
|Steve, the beekeeper, inspects a frame from a hive and ...|
Steve has some 600 hives, mostly in agricultural areas, and they have to be moved to wherever the blossoms need pollinating, but he really likes urban/suburban hives because they don't need moving and because there's always plenty of stuff in bloom. He already had hives in a friend's large backyard, which is why I called him, but your local extension office probably has a list of licensed beekeepers. Or, if you're in Florida, check FloridaBeekeepers.org or the Dept. of Ag.'s website.
Hosting beehives is such a friendly thing to do, and I would encourage you to investigate for yourselves.
|... points out the queen. Click for a better view; she's immediately to right of the colon.|
|Sparky and Highway investigate.|
|Sparky discovers that bees are tasty, but there is a drawback... It took several stings before he got the message! Highway, the chow, lost interest after the first inspection, but I think his fur is too thick for a bee to sting him, anyway.|
|Finally, the full size hives arrive. From now on they will grow upwards as our busy bees make lots of honey. :-)|