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Honey Comb

Apis sp.

Description:

A super colony of honey bees living in the space between the fascia and the first rafter in the roof of my dad's house. These are relatively large honey bees although I didn't get close enough to get a super high qual photo of a single specimen. I am hoping that others will be able to recognize the hive structure and maybe something about the bees that I am missing so we can get this down to the species level.

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10 Comments

Mandy Hollman
Mandy Hollman 8 years ago

Cool! Bees are fascinating to watch.

BrandonBlount
BrandonBlount 8 years ago

Thank you Emma! I can't wait to see how much honey we get from the hive, to estimate it's size, I would say 2.5 feet wide, by 16inches deep, by 6 inches high. That's A LOT of Honey! :-)

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

awesome!

BrandonBlount
BrandonBlount 8 years ago

There's nothing wrong with that. The big city has a lot more culture and much more human interaction than the farm does. (ever have an hour conversation with a cow, because you wanted someone to talk too?) LOL ;-)

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

Ah well, you can tell I was raised in the big city (Astoria, Queens, NYC).

BrandonBlount
BrandonBlount 8 years ago

LOL, Ava, out here in Farm Country, we have many titles and even more jobs that need to be done. As a child my parents would send me to all the local farms during the various seasons to do work, (which sometimes was not fun at all) to teach me the values of hard work and learning animal husbandry and how to be self sufficient if the need ever arose.

A summer in my teen years spent with a bee keeper was one of the most rewarding experiences I've ever had! (he paid me in cash, and honey)! I got to keep the bee suit, and all the knowledge that came from the many weeks spent moving hives from orchard to orchard and field to field. :-)

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

You're the bee keeper!? That's so great. I call a bee remover to take wasps nests off the eaves of my house. He smokes them and snips off the nest and then glues them around his own property 9they're polistes wasps, so nice to have around really).

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

:D
Great spot!

BrandonBlount
BrandonBlount 8 years ago

Ava, they do have to go, I have a bee suit (not a suit that looks like a bee, hehehehe :-) Karen) LOL

I have to get a smoke kettle and a hive box, and get in there and get the queen out, once she is out and in the new box, the swarm will move to her.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

Wow! Very neat picture! I hope if they have to go, you can find bee remover who takes them live and relocates them somewhere.

BrandonBlount
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BrandonBlount

New York, USA

Spotted on Jun 1, 2012
Submitted on Jun 1, 2012

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