What a week, y’all. So til my next post about that other stuff, here are some happy things. In the picture on the left you can see our new swarm trap that we’ve mounted on the back of our garage (art courtesy of moi, LOL), swabbed it with lemongrass oil to attract ’em, and are now just crossing our fingers that it’ll do the trick. Thursday morning we met our new beekeeping mentor from the local chapter who gave us a lot of good advice, including that it wouldn’t hurt to put some lemongrass oil in the super (the box where they go in and build their comb initially) and see if the bees go right in there instead – which would mean we wouldn’t have to transfer them or nothin’! After several days of spring rain, we’re expecting the sun to return like crazy tomorrow and be back in the 70’s and even low 80’s next week, which should help a lot. The picture on the right is what the Flow Hive looks like (from the company website) so you can see what we have :). The frames just arrived today which I’ve yet to unpack, so next week I’ll make sure to post a photo of our actual hive as well as the general environment 🙂
In the meantime, I’m going to do a bee-themed Eco-licious column this week…
- Congratulations belatedly to citizens of Los Angeles who as of Fall 2015 finally got the approval to keep bees! Woo hoo!
- Digging the site Honey Love and most recently, their blog post of the Top 30 Flowers for Bees. Turns out we have 20 of them in our garden already – sweet 🙂
- GREAT to hear that the monstrously huge company ORTHO has decided to cut its use of bee-killing pesticides, phasing out neonicotonoids by 2021. Five years is way too long, but it’s one hell of a step in the right direction while other companies, in the face of rampant bee losses affecting crops (including 60% die off in Maryland), continue to profit off of poisoning our bees and therefore endangering our food supply in the name of short term financial gain.
- Cool little article about the Australian blue banded bees – check out the article to see how funny they are when they’re out pollinating!
- Not interested in honeybee-keeping but want to enjoy bees? Here’s a way to support mason bees (PS – our mason hive is in the left of the picture above and is just an untreated block of wood that my husband drilled a bunch of holes in. Kinda cool).
- And finally, our beekeeping mentor and my husband and I were talking about how funny bumblebees are and one of their not-scary defense mechanisms when you get too close are kind of adorable, as you’ll see on this video: