Beekeeping IS sexy. And I got myself a sticker from beekeepingissexy.com...
I put my "Honeybees are badass" sticker on my naughtiest hive. They have been a little cranky since they arrived in a nuc on day one. When my friend Pierre helped me install the nuc, they had a go at him. I have been stung twice at this hive, which isn't a lot in the grand scheme of things, except that I almost NEVER get stung at my hives. So these girls are BADASS by my standards!
The bees seem to be doing well this summer but it has been very hot lately (our car thermometer read 37C/98F yesterday, and the humidex was over 40 C/104F. There is another heat warning on today because the humidex will be over 40C again. The girls "beard" on the front of the hives when it's like this, because it's too damn hot to be hanging around inside!
It wasn't so bad when I took these photos at 8:00 am today, but the girls were busy ventilating the hive.
They sit on the landing board and fan their wings to direct air into the hive. It amazes me that they coordinate to do this!
Of course, some bees like to be differnent and hang out on a sticker!
I expect to see a lot more bees hanging out on the front of the hive when the temps rise later today.
But really, she's not bad ass at all. I love these little creatures!