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Beekeep Flat Stanley

convinced us that he should not

become smoker fuel.

Week 45 #1.
While more stingers would
have been more poetic, we
settled for less ouch.

Week 45 #1.

While more stingers would

have been more poetic, we

settled for less ouch.

Week 38 #2.
While admittedly
cute on bees, I’m rather glad
my tongue’s not see-through.

Week 38 #2.

While admittedly

cute on bees, I’m rather glad

my tongue’s not see-through.

Week 36 #1.
No suit? No problem!
There’ll be no stings from our
mellow yellow hive.
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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 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 32 #3.

Starting in ‘96, a new trend:

small hive beetles with which to contend.

But these could not escape

from a quite crushing fate

when they chose this harvest to attend.

Week 32 #2.

Lovely on the comb,

so delicious in cocktails.

We’ll stick with honey.

Week 31 #4.

Basic surf wax seemed

boring, but was cured by an

herbal infusion.

****

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

Honey harvests can
be too much of a good thing
for unlucky bees.

Honey harvests can

be too much of a good thing

for unlucky bees.

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