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Sticky situation, part II

Sticky board

Sticky board showing the edges, munched up by the hive.

I retrieved the sticky board today, trying to see any varroa mites, and it looked pretty clear. I only left it in for 24 hours, but the bees had been making a real meal of it. I only found a couple of things which may have been mites, which pleases me no end.


Closeup of the sticky board, showing dropped bits and pieces, the odd bit of pollen, maybe some B P, or B Poo.

On the other hand, today was a rainy day, never good to mess with hives, and so it proved. No stings for me, but the moment I grabbed the sticky board they went for me, trying to sting anything that moved – gloves, overalls, veil, gumboots. It was pretty nasty, my gloves getting about 10 or so stings.

bumble bee nest

A bumble bee nest, tangled up with a cow, a bear, and a random toy. There are a couple of baby bumbles just visible. Mother bee has given up I think, now that the nest is all pulled apart and wet.

I also found another hive, this time bumble bees. My Beloved picked up a container of soft toys, and it went BZZZZZZ. There were a few dozen cells, and another few dozen little bumbles, plus one big queen bee. As I pulled the cats, dogs, and donkeys apart, the bumbles got a bit agro, buzzed me, and chased Beloved back down the driveway. Funny. A bumblebee nest looks a lot like a bunch of smooth peanuts glued together. An interesting fact is that bumblebees used to be called humblebees, because of the hum they make. It was a character by Beatrix Potter (not Harry) which swung the name in favour of bumble, and the humblebee has been rarely heard of since the ’50s. Like big bands, and fins on cars.

One comment on “Sticky situation, part II

  1. As a post-script, I have learned that the sticky board must be disposed of in a same and appropriate manner. Otherwise Beloved stands on it after turning the lights out in the laundry, and… sticks to it. Some loud thumping and squeak or two later there is a large foot print on the sticky board, and an unimpressed Beloved. Ooops.

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