Lynn's blog

2016 Was an Exciting Year

I would like to first extend my gratitude to our supporters and volunteers. Our goals for practical research on the natural home of the honey bee connect us across many interests. At a time when some are working to produce robotic pollinators, we are looking to study the ecological relationships left behind by the current agriculture paradigm. Personally, I believe we are in great company.

The Head of the Bee

After a long day with the bees I’m reminiscing about the time years ago when Bertie Stringer and I were preparing for W.A.S. convention, right on the heels of my visit to Czechoslovakia for the ICOA. I was frustrated with the general public often confusing the yellow jacket for a honey bee. This motivated us to put together a slide show of SEM’s to delve deeply into the differences. These photos are now some of the most interesting of my collections.

Off to the bees' new home

Bees were at their entrance this morning and were warming up as they were becoming active. Marshal had the log trimmed, and now we needed to get to the bees. The top of the log after it was trimmed showed the beginning of the hollow, and the crack this end of the hollow was also filled with debris, but I could push through and feel bee comb.

Bee Rescue continued

Another interesting inhabitant in the lower part of the tree hollow below the honey bee colony was a small paper nest that belonged to one of our yellow jacket species. I initially thought was last years nest or older and had died out at the end of the season in which it developed. Yellow jacket nests are seasonal in our climate. pic. Each colony that is successful produces new queens and males in the fall and mated queens hibernate in winter. The following spring they attempt to establish a new colony.