Beekeep Flat Stanley
convinced us that he should not
become smoker fuel.
Week 36 #1.
No suit? No problem!
There’ll be no stings from our
mellow yellow hive.
There’s nothing special in Karl's smoker - these Minnesota Hygienic hybrid bees are just naturally laid back. The new queen (dubbed Knives 2.0, who replaced Knives the first, who in turn overthrew the original Queen Ramona in the great Scott-Pilgrim-themed smackdown of '11) has produced the mellowest bees in the history of our backyard. They also have a tendency to put tons of propolis everywhere. It’s fascinating to see the variations in behavior among different types of honeybees.
Week 31 #4.
Basic surf wax seemed
boring, but was cured by an
Apparently this* is what happens when my beekeeping friend and I decide to use up some of last year’s beeswax after drinking champagne.
*rosemary-infused surf wax
Week 18 #2. Goodbye, Marge. I’ll miss your honey, but not your stings.
One of the backyard beehives Africanized itself, so Karl got a lesson in packing up a beehive full of thousands of very, very angry bees for transport.
Fun fact: The best time to move a beehive is at night, which is also the time when successful bee rustlers go to work.