Busy Little Bees

| 4/5/2018 9:36:00 AM

farm signMy daughter works at one of the local schools. The Kindergarten teacher there is a marvelous woman! As it is spring, she has planned some great activities for the children. They are hatching eggs in an incubator and butterflies from cocoons. She wanted to have a lesson about bees, so she called the local Bee Association to ask for someone to come out and give a talk to the class about harvesting honey.

Unfortunately, she was informed that they would not do that for any class under third grade. The opinion seems to be that children below third grade will not listen or absorb any information. The teacher was telling my daughter about this and she said, "Let me call my Momma."

We are fairly new at bee keeping, even though my Grandfather kept several hives here years ago. We have one hive and are setting up another one in preparation for the usual spring splitting of the hive. Every year new queens are born. Sometimes the new queen will kill the old queen and take over the hive. But more often, the old queen leaves the hive and takes a large number of young bees with her. Often young queens will accompany her. Once the scout bees have found a suitable new place for a hive, a young queen will mate, kill the old queen, and help to create a new hive. Bee Keepers have various ways of managing the creation of a new hive, and this is what we hope to do in the near future. So we have an empty hive that I could take a section from.


I arrived at the school with our 'bee bag' full of suits and tools, and showed them how I got dressed up in order to rob a hive. Then I explained the structure of a colony box.

bee suit