|Posted by Nadirah Mansour on October 15, 2010 at 7:32 PM|
I’m Nadirah, a new freshman addition to the Bee Team. I’ll be poking around here, putting things here and there (Watch outfor the new book reviews that’ll be going up after midterms!). But without further adieu, let’s get to our second hive visit!
‘ It was a pleasant day at a time when pleasant days were a rarity, a ruby amidst coal.We hadn’t expectedit and many of us flung our sweaters over our shoulders, explicit symbols of frustration with the unruly weather gods. But as soon as we began our trek from the courtyard at Jadwin/Fine/McDonnell, we realized that sweaters could barely matter on a day like this. A bee day.’
Or something like that. Anyways...
The lovely Dawn led us down to the hives,where Sarah was already working on a film project for a course she was taking (I’m crossing my fingers we can upload it to the website when its done). Suited up,then went to the yard. First order of business was checking the mite meds (AKA Apiguard): one hive seemed to be eating away at it, whereas the other didn’t; guessing it was probably a location issue, we moved it to a more accessible area within the hive.
We checked the top two supers of each and foundto our delight some beautiful, full frames of honey. Plenty of food for the winter. Brood’s also looking good and appropriate for the season.
But you don’t want to just hear about the logistical stuff, do you? I'll give you some juice- we did have a casualty;One bee sting to the knuckle. Wasn’t too bad and the fallen beekeeper jumped right back up, having not really fallen at all.
In other news, we got Denis Feeney, a Classics professor, to come sometime this semester to come speak to us about bees in Virgil. Whoot Whoot! And we might be painting the shed next week! I promise you nice hi-res pictures!
See you next time!