Up Close — Baby Bees!

…well, sort of. They’re actually full-grown when they hatch, but they’re darn cute anyway!

These are drone (male) bees — you can tell by the domed covers on the unopened cells. Above, two bees are chewing their way through the wax covers on the cells.

This guy’s almost out! If you look closely, you can see a varroa mite on his back — the little orange-brown dot. There are also a few mites visible on the surface of the honeycomb. Not good. The female mites lay their eggs in the cells along with the bee larvae; when the bees hatch out, so do the mites. Beekeeping would be a whole lot easier without those nasty little guys… but we’re hoping that our colonies are strong enough to withstand the attacks. Wish them luck!



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2 responses to “Up Close — Baby Bees!

  1. alison

    hello–I’m very concerned about the mites…and the bees. There’s something I believe you can do about it–and that the world can do about it, once you show it how–I’ve held it in my heart for a few years wondering who to share this with. I haven’t any land at the moment, or I’d be keeping bees. (am enjoying your blog) The secret is olive leaves. This stengthens the bees, rather than ‘attacking’ the “problem”, which is our usual misguided approach. Once in an Ohio winter, when it was !cold!, a herbalist was powdering olive leaf in a machine outdoors. The unthinkable happened. Bees began appearing from who knows where, landing near the chute where the powdered olive was drifted. They must have come from miles away, according to him. And they were seen to be collecting the powder. I sw picture of this–but no longer have it. Clever bees! Olive leaf is miraculous in its plain old natural wondrousness.
    If you try this, please let me know how it goes. The key, in my mind, is that it’s all done naturally and without invasion–the bees only need to be able to come and get the olive leaf for themselves. (olive leaf is good for us, also. You might want to plant some.) If you were closer to me, I’d offer to come and help you. Would dearly love to see this put into practise. I just now posted on your loquat entry that I live in the north.

    wishing you all blessings!

  2. alison

    here’s my email:
    o_lhamo @ hot mail.com

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