This provides a good close-up of the queen bee laying eggs and the worker bees tending her or directing her to parts of the comb available for egg-laying.
Though the paper nest starts small, they can soon house many eggs, grubs and larvae. The usual method of finding these paper nests is to do some pruning of shrubs and creepers. Without taking precautions, many a pruner has been zapped by the outraged and disturbed paper wasps
This is another in the series of 1930’s beekeeping. No audio but the vision is sufficient to make out the whys and wherefores. What is noticeable is the care and attention that the beekeepers provide both for their hives and for the bees. Perhaps this is what is missing in our commercial striving for high volumes in production. Some have said that C.C.D. (Colony Collapse Disorder ) may be related to the stressing of the bees by our intense farming of hives. It’s an interesting point. Nevertheless, any beekeeper should enjoy watching this film from days gone by.
This is a fascinating little box made to track down a bee’s nest. It’s an ingenious little design and to watch the video is to learn something new (for me anyway).
It reminds me of a trick told to me by an aborigine whereby they would attempt to track back to where particular bees were coming from -say, for instance, at a waterhole. They didn’t use a box like they have done in the video. Instead, they would tie a human hair carefully around the neck of the drinking bee . To this hair they would attach a small feather. Obviously the weight of the feather bore some responsibility for whether the bee made it back to its hive. The people would then follow this returning bee back to its home , hopefully, not very far and not over inhospitable terrain.
Below you’ll see an image of something quite common in this part of the world: A black swan. This is a stylised version of a swan as it represents the state of W.A. (that’s Western Australia for those who may be wondering ). Western Australia has a large land mass and could quite easily accommodate many other countries within its borders.( mathematically speaking) Though only founded in 1829 by Europeans, its original inhabitants frequented the Perth waterlands and river side because of the diversity of plants and animals including the very distinctive black swan. Hence the name chosen by the first English explorers for this stretch of water was the Swan River . It actually reaches from the inland hills right to the Port of Fremantle some many miles (sorry, kilometres) away.
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