My Honeybees

Backyard Beekeeping

Hive Check and Flowers in Bloom – Memorial Day 2014

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The bees are out in force today. I checked on the hive yesterday and the had lots of capped brood. It looks like a lot of bees emerged today.

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Swarm trap

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Last weekend I made a swarm trap to try to get some more honeybees. I used an old bee box and added a bottom to it. I used mill ends of cedar for the bottom and a new top. Some of the instructions I found on the Internet suggested painting it a dark color and all I had was a dark purple.

I used lemongrass essential oil as swarm bait. I put a few drops on a paper towel in the bottom of the box. There are only 4 drawn frame of comb in the box. On the tops of the frames I put a swarm bait paste I made. It is made of olive oil, bees wax and lemongrass oil. I made the paste the same way I make lip balm.