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USF swarm at Library

Swarm caught at USF Library parking lot

Library swarm close up

Close up of swarm caught at USF Library, good image of Nasanov fanning

USF Gardens hive

USF Library swarm at their new home in the USF Botanical Gardens, five frame nuc on ten frame stand

USF Gardens hive at 1 week

USF Botanical Gardens hive is growing at one week.

Florida Bee Inspector after 2 weeks

Our Florida Apiary Inspector checking the hive after 2 weeks. We will move the colony to a 10 frame hive also.

Tampa Tribune photographer

Tampa Tribune reporter and photographer writing a story on the Gardens hive. This is a gentle hive.

Photographer getting shot of smoke to calm the bees

The Tribune photographer wanted shots of smoke to calm the bees. The bees were quite calm through all the closeups.

Tribune taking notes

Tampa Tribune photographer taking notes for photo captions

five frame nuc

five frame nucleus, cover medium super, deep super, bottom board

ten frame hive

ten frame hive, migratory cover, medium (Illinois) super, deep super, screened bottom board

screened bottom board

screened bottom board for Varroa mite control

medium (Illinois) super

medium (Illinois) super

deep super

deep super, also called brood chamber when it is the lowest box in the hive (below the queen excluder)

frame of nectar

frame of nectar

frame of capped honey

frame of capped honey

screened bottom board for 5 frame nuc

screened bottom board for 5 frame nucleus

bee sting

honey bees leave the stinger and die, remove the stinger as quickly as possible

loading smoker

pine needles are used for smoker fuel because of their abundance near the hive

using smoke to calm

gently using smoke to calm the bees

checking a frame

checking a frame for health - diseases, pests, parasites

brood frame

brood frame capped and uncapped

queen cell

beginning of queen cell

September workshop

September workshop at USF Botanical Gardens

September swarms splits package bees workshop

USF workshop on methods to populate a hive, beginning with lecture

class by the Garden hives

first group picture of USF workshop mentorees at practical portion of workshop

feral colony from tree

feral colonies unlike swarms have drawn comb

October workshop practical

October USF beekeeping workshop practical portion

quick check of new split

performing a quick check of one of the three splits going home today

checking second split

checking second split at USF Botanical Gardens practical session

new beekeepers of all ages

The USF Botanical Gardens has new beekeepers of all ages.

first time students

first time beeks are the most curious, and need to be reminded not to stand in front of the hive - in the flight path

conditions in the original hive

describing what should and should not be in the hive, Cordovans allow for close inspection without suiting up

moth damaged frame

a frame was left exposed out of the hive and was quickly destroyed by wax moths

frame with marked queen

The queen was marked with a green dot by David Miksa. Green is for years ending in 9.

inexpensive feeders

A jar with small nail holes, mason jars here, is less than a dollar and just sits over a hole in the hive cover. It is easy to check and refill without disturbing the hive.

Bee forensics

This was a split from the previous class that appears to have died from robbing. There was frantic flight and fighting followed by the rapid loss of the hive. The frames were totally empty of nectar, pollen and honey when the hive was opened. There are dead bees on the bottom board and no signs of diseases.

Beekeepers get hungry too

We tried our first picnic in the Gardens. I guess my cooking scared off all but the hardiest souls. The weather was the best ever!