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The Art of BEEing: Of smells and summer

In mid April I left for a business trip to China (punctuated by the bees swarming the day before I left) and when I got home 3 weeks later the last vestiges of spring had turned to summer in the … Continue reading

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The Art of BEEing: Escaping the summer

Last weekend was the first real break from the summer heat (which has come back in full force this week) and though the desert shrubs and wildflowers have yet to reappear, I decided it was time to have a look … Continue reading

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The Art of BEEing: Long Live the Queen

Today I figured enough time had elapsed to go into the hive and see how the new queen introduction had gone. Part of me was prepared to find no sign of a queen and only a handful of bees, but … Continue reading

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The Art of BEEing – Settling back in

It’s been a week and a day since I installed my new VSH Italian queen.  It was very hot this week (a wireless thermometer I have in the feeder compartment at the top of the hive routinely was over 100 … Continue reading

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The Art of BEEing: Taking sides

Early this morning I exercised the local pickup option from a nearby queen producer and picked up my new queen in a parking lot outside of San Diego. By late morning I was back home and suiting up for a … Continue reading

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The Art of BEEing – Restoration or Revolution?

Several weeks ago, after the desert summer began, I opened the hive and found that the colony did not look well – no brood, few stores, and no comb drawing activity. I resumed feeding them, and for a couple of … Continue reading

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The Art of BEEing – Impressions from the initial opening

A week ago I dumped 3 lbs of bees into a box containing the foundations and a very tiny bit of building materials for their new home, closed the lid, and hoped for the best. Dumped is indeed the proper … Continue reading

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