Natural Beekeeping

Top Bar ApiRevolution has begun! Lets make some inexpensive Top Bar Hives and let them be pesticide free on their own natural comb! Che Guebee is a rebel bee fighting for the survival of the Biodiversity we all depend on and which is seriously endangered by deforestation and mono-crop agriculture! What kind of teaching have you got if you exclude nature?

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Dandelion bonanza and a pleasant surprize

The Dandelions are exploding into bright yellow flowers all over the landscape :) so nice to see them. This is the time when bees start swarm preparations and by the time the Apples start blooming the swarm might leave the hive ... if the weather is sunny and warm that is, because on rainy cold days flowers don't produce much nectar. Today was 24'C ! Nice and warm but with some strong south wind.
Bailey running through the flowering filed
 Buckfast Bees drowning in pollen and nectar :)
 "Please get me out of here! Too much nectar and pollen, aaaaa!" :)
 Of course no one can imagine this bonanza without the fat'n'hairy Bumble Bee ;D
And now about the pleasant surprize :) look what I've found in the field :) ...
 ... a totally black bee ...
 ... very black indeed ...
 ... I had to look many times before I dared to whisper ...
... Black Nordic Bee :)) 
Since all beekeepers here exclusively keep Buckfast which has yellow and black rings on the abdomen Im assuming that this bee comes from a feral colony which came down South from the colder parts of Sweden. Or, could this bee be a Buckfast Bee with anomalie? I have seen old Buckfast bees turning black but not totally, rather only the bottom part of the abdomen which is not the case in this entirely black bee.
I have set up 5 bait hives in hope to catch swarms. Lets see if this colony moves into Che Guebee Apiary :) I honestly wish they do :)

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