bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Bell jar bees complete the task

The bell jar bees have finished the job -- with one fatality left entombed in gold (second photo). (For progress at each stage, click the bell jar bees keyword.)


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, love the pictures. How did you get the bees out of the jar? Please tell me you did it in a nice way!

5:58 pm  
Blogger Turlough said...

I did it in a very nice way. As the bee numbers dropped (oh, OK then, they eventually swarmed when I was on holiday), they did not need to occupy the jar in such a big concentration. So one day, I simply took the jar off the hive, placed it away from the hive and the remaining bees got the message, left the jar and flew home.

6:08 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm happy to hear that - I look forward to next season's experiment :-)

6:41 pm  
Blogger Beth Koenig said...

This is really cool! I wish I could study bees but they are too small and too fast for me to see.
I can't wait to see what happens next time (smile)

10:52 pm  
Anonymous TwT said...

I was wondering, was the jar exposed to sun light of covered?

3:14 am  
Anonymous Turlough said...

The bell jar was covered throughout -- except for when I took photographs of course. It was wrapped in a cloth to inhibit condensation -- but with the hole in the top uncovered to allow a flow of air. And on top of that was the nucleus hive cover which is quite tall (to allow a feeder if necessary).

11:40 am  

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