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Published on April 20, 2008 By Draginol In Beekeeping

So the new bees have arrived. I got 4 packages of them today and my son and I installed them into their new homes. We were horribly inept while doing it as the picture shows (I'm reaching down to pick up the queen cage that I dropped).

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Definitely not for the faint hearted.


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on Apr 20, 2008

You are much braver than I.

on Apr 20, 2008
"Whoops, let me just reach into this PILE OF BEES!"



Incidentally are those your typical European honeybees? I could do a feature on them sometime if you'd like.

~Zoo
on Apr 21, 2008
Incidentally are those your typical European honeybees? I could do a feature on them sometime if you'd like.


How about the domestic version? The ones that have seemed to disappeared in the wild?
on Apr 21, 2008

They're all European honey bees. There's no such thing as an American honeybee.

on Apr 21, 2008
They're all European honey bees. There's no such thing as an American honeybee.


Never was? Or any longer?
on Apr 21, 2008

that picture gave me the shakes.  I can't believe you did this. 

 

 

 

on Apr 21, 2008
Never was? Or any longer?


never mind, I googled it. INteresting. America did not have any before they were imported. And yet, they are vital to america today. One case where the introduction of a foreign species has been very benign.
on Apr 21, 2008
never mind, I googled it. INteresting. America did not have any before they were imported. And yet, they are vital to america today. One case where the introduction of a foreign species has been very benign.


No honeybees, but in Mexico and Brazil there were stingless bees...and bumblebees seemed to have ruled well enough over the U.S. and Canada...as well as those annoying sweat bees.

Of course the introduction of honeybees has affected the native species a bit, they don't seem to be in danger. In fact, bumblebees have an interesting technique where they vibrate and warm themselves up to forage early in the morning before honeybees become active.

*sigh* I really gotta stop learning.

~Zoo
on Apr 21, 2008

Never was? Or any longer?

Never was.

on Apr 21, 2008
as well as those annoying sweat bees.


I would rather have the stinging honeys, than the damn sweats!
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