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.
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.
Winter is reminding us that it's not over yet…but it can't stop me from dreaming of summer and one of my favorite experiences.
We have spent much of the year laying the foundation for a big push in 2016. We've been cultivating connections and utilizing social media. We've learned some valuable lessons that we will use to help guide our fundraising in 2016.
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.
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.
I accompanied Bertie and Marshal to a logging site to save a small colony of honey bees in a 16 foot section of Doulas fir located in Oregon's coast range north of Siletz. The bees were using the top end of a long opening to the hollow space.
The yellow jackets in this video are fighting over a dead bee. These scavenger/predators are about 6 inches below the entrance to a honey bee colony.