Propolis

bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Will they or won't they?

It's been a miserable early summer in southern England and with only about ten days of the nectar flow to go, I've at last been able to put the bell jar in place.

I've stuck small strips of foundation to the inside of the jar and the idea is that the bees will join the dots and make a pretty picture. So far, so good. Within a few hours, they seem to have accepted the jar as a potential nest extension and haven't been put off by the strange new environment. But will the good weather hold and will they take up the challenge?

 


 
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3 Comments:

Blogger Cat said...

Hoping for a better outcome than Sylvia Plath's Bell Jar.

10:33 pm  
Blogger Christian said...

How did you fasten the foundation strips to the side of the jar? Is it important that they're perpendicular to the glass? I'm worried that Neil Gaiman's foundation strips are glued flatly: http://journal.neilgaiman.com/

I just want it to work out for him, is all.

1:42 am  
Blogger Turlough said...

Yes, the strips should be perpendicular to the jar. They aer "glued" in place by gently heating the wax strips to make them tacky.

I'm not sure what will happen with flat strips.

8:53 am  

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