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Got the swarmBeekeeping
[20-May-2015] Some of the bees were still in the tree this morning but by this afternoon they had all moved into the box. Checked it, caged the queen and set it up to move after dark tonight. They are already drawing comb. Checked my hives that have queen issue, they didnt come from me.

Another swarm, maybe.Beekeeping
[19-May-2015] Noticed scout bees at the bait hive. Looked around the yard but didnt see anything. Went inside and left the door open to listen for a swarm flying. A few minutes later the neighbor across the came over and said and asked if I lost bees. There was a big swarm up in the tree. Way up in the tree, like 30 ft. Got stuff together. It was just low enough to stand on top the ladder with the pole saw and a bucket on the end and drop them. Dumped them in a hive. Let them settle and found the queen, grabbed her and was transferring her to my other hand when she flew off back to the cluster in the tree. Spent the next 2 hours dropping more, cutting limbs, trying to throw a rope over the limb and get the rest of the cluster into the box. Got a lot of them but not sure if the queen is in the box. Thunderstorms started so called it quits. Will check on the hive tomorrow, its still in the neighbors yard.

Mayhaw fruitedPlants
[12-May-2015] The mayhaw fruited. Its only got three fruits but it did fruit. They are seedy and taste like crap, clearly only good for jelly.

And now its greenHouse
[04-May-2015]

PaintingHouse
[01-May-2015] All I seem to do is paint. Paint miniatures, paint models, paint the house, paint the garden shed. Finished the first coat on the shed today. Tomorrow give it a coat of green. Its being attacked by carpenter bees and the paint should stop that. Of course if I had left the dead tree ten feet away they probably would have gone there instead but it was going to fall over one day and the wrong way.

Artificial SwarmsBooks
[20-Apr-2015] by Scudamore Edward
Beekeeping: 53 pages

The full title is Artificial Swarms. a Treatise On the Production of Early Swarms of Bees by Artificial Means; wherein is show the method of multiplying these useful insects and the means of taking honey without destroying the bees. Its from 1848. It describes how to do a split with skeps. Then how to transfer the bees from a skep to another in order to rob the honey from the hive and not kill the bees.

There is another 20 pages that is the book catalog of the publisher that is really useless.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Bait hive captureBeekeeping
[16-Apr-2015] I have one bait hive at the house and check it almost daily. At worst every 2 days. Have not seen bees in it until today. A decent sized swarm that had drawn a lot of comb and already had capped brood so they have to have been there a week. The weather has been rainy is all i can come up with so they were inside. Put them in a box. Apparently didnt seal it well cause the were all over the mosquito net in the car. That got left on the Hill till I can get the bees off it in the daylight.

Decided to sell 3 more nucs and started calling about queens, good thing I didnt find any yet need a fourth now.


Clouded out EclipseAstronomy
[04-Apr-2015] Got up at 5am for the eclipse just as it entered the Penumbra (which you dont notice). Clouded over completely by 6am so I couldnt even see the moon. Didnt see anything, went back to bed. The total phase was only going to last about 5 minutes anyway but it could have at least waited to cloud over till I could see something.

Too many beesBeekeeping
[30-Mar-2015] Captured two more swarms at my house. The one on Sat was in the orange tree and disrupted plans to inspect the bees on the hill before game out there. Didnt see the queen but pretty sure she is in the box. Put it in a full size hive because of the size. Moved two nucs from the hill back to my house at midnight Sat.

Planned to move the captured swarm to the hill on Sun morning (closed it up late Sat night) but didnt do a good job closing it so couldnt move it. Went out there without them and inspected bees on the hill Sun morning. Two of the hives out there are usually very pissy and I think its the red ants that I see in the hive. Went to Lowes to get ant poison. So back to the hill a third time around lunch Sun. Come home and within an hour see another swarm land on the Sycamore tree. Capture them that was a pain. The fence line is uneven and they were spread on a horizontal branch larger than a box. Didnt see a queen here either but pretty sure I got her.

I have no idea where the bees are coming from. There are only two hives at my house raising queens. Orange billet it so small to throw of swarms the size of the ones Im catching. Red Fess might have done one of them, it seems weaker and there there are multiple emerged queen cells but it couldnt have done both. All the other hives have marked queens which I have seen.

Took box the new swarms out to the Hill last night after dark. Trip #4. Thinking about putting a hammock under grimms tree house so I have a place to sleep out there since Im there so often.

All this swarm capturing is keeping me from building the box I need to make up for the fact Im running out of usable equipment again. Total of 16 hives now. Will get rid of one tonight if it doesnt rain, selling the nuc.

Marcus Aurelius, A LifeBooks
[24-Mar-2015] by Frank McLynn
History: 684 pages

This could have been half the size and much better if it had focused on Marcus Aurelius instead of spending chapters on Fronto (his mentor) and comparing Marcus's stoicism to every other Stoic in the ancient and modern world.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)