Monday, May 18, 2009

A stinging good time

MDK-20090501-00860, originally uploaded by monkeydoc.

Went out to visit Lisa and Chris' bee hive, or "the girls" as Lisa likes to call them. For some reason, they loved to get caught up in Katie's hair and she got stung once on the side of the head. There were some spots on the hive where they were making unwanted honeycomb and we had to scrape it off with the hive tool. I accidentally squished a bee while scraping comb and you could hear and see a change in the whole hive - everyone was definitely angry and started to gather around the poor squished girl.

MDK-20090501-00867, originally uploaded by monkeydoc.

This photo shows a closeup of one of the frames that they brought down from Napanee. It has honey in progress in the upper right, with completed and capped honey cells in the bottom middle.

I did get stung once when they were getting agitated. Turns out I have a pretty strong reaction - nothing throat swelling, but I have a pretty big hive on my arm (about 4 inches) from only one sting. I'll have to see how then next one goes, but I may be avoiding the bees in the future.

Click one of the photos for a few more select images.


Heather said...

I would feel much better if you would wear your little bee keeper suits.

Lisa said...

we may eventually... they are kind of cumbersome though and we're not that deft at manipulating the hive to begin with. I think we'll at least do long sleeves and ball caps and go from there depending on the frequency and severity of the stings!