Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Bugs, as in insects, but bunny, paid the bills in my family when I was growing up. My grandfather on my father's side, started working with bees as a child. He found bees living in a hollow tree, he learned how to move them into a hive, and how to harvest honey without killing the bees. Later he kept bees in the near in suburbs of Detroit. My father literally grew up with bees in the back yard. The farm I grew up on was bought in major part because the city was trying to expel my grandfather's bees. He bought a farm in the country so he could keep bees in the back yard and no one could stop him. Sometime in the late 50's, my father and grandfather went full scale, at one point having nearly 2,000 colonies. My father took this picture sometime in the late 50's early 60's, this is my grandfather working bees barehanded. The capped section on the frame, is brood, bees in the larval stage. In a couple of weeks those will hatch into worker bees (females - not destined for mating.) Drone, or male larva are larger, queens cells are very elongated. There is probably a queen on there someplace, there is one in every crowd.
Have you ever handled live bees?