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by Monica Melograna-Ward

 

Our Honey Bees (All fifty-some thousand of them) are doing well. Today they were in and out, in and out, in and out… gathering nectar for the present, and also as stored rations for the upcoming winter.

The status of our hive is stable. They are sticking to the main hive for their activities. According to some beekeeping co-workers of my husband, the reason our honey bees are not using the top additional, queen excluding, honey-access-only super is due to the fact that they are filling up all the space in the main hive.

They will likely not use the upper super until next year. I made indirect contact with a beekeeper today – one that keeps bees as a business – with 600 hives. I have his business card and was offered access to call with questions; about how to get them to produce honey outside of the brood/honey maze that is now the main hive contents.

It is fun just to have them. We’ll probably buy another boxed package of bees next spring; and have another hive set up in a slightly different configuration. It will be a set-up that encourages a “Honey for Humans” section.

Since this is a somewhat short article, I wanted to add something extra.

Yellow_Garden_Spider_MMW

This spectacular Yellow Garden Spider had a nice web amongst the branched leaves of our Yucca Plant. I am pretty pleased with this SE iPhone photograph. It was enhanced a little in clarity, color and richness, and I retouched these weird shadows along the tree line, but other than that, this pic is true to life.

If you see any of these spiders, please let them be. They are not poisonous, are great for pest control and help to keep a good natural balance for your outdoor space.

They are a bit intimidating, since the body alone is over an inch long, but they won’t hurt you. The insects in the web aren’t so lucky!

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