Florida: Awesome Bees!

Bees in Birdhouse

Bees in Birdhouse

Bringing the Birdhouse Down

Bringing the Birdhouse Down

Opening the Birdhouse to Reveal the Honeycomb

Opening the Birdhouse to Reveal the Honeycomb

Brushing the Bees from the Comb

Brushing the Bees from the Comb

Close-up of Bees on Comb

Close-up of Bees on Comb

Hexagonal Pattern of Honeycomb's Wax Cells

Hexagonal Pattern of Honeycomb’s Wax Cells

Looking for the Queen

Looking for the Queen

Queen Bee in Temporary Container

Queen Bee in Temporary Container

Bees in Temporary Transport Box

Bees in Temporary Transport Box

Bee Removal Operation

Bee Removal Operation

Hilltop Honey From Our Bees

Our wild bees didn’t fit in their birdhouses anymore, so today they were moved into temporary boxes before transport to a better home.  An important part of the process was finding the queen and securing her in a small container in the temporary transport box so that the worker bees would follow her there.  The beauty of the wax honeycomb was amazing!  And that honey – so yummy (light and fragrant).  Nature is awesome! 

UPDATE AUGUST 2017:  Our bees are doing well at their new managed home in Merritt Island, Florida.  In fact, the first batch of “Hilltop Honey” was harvested and put into jars – it is delicious!

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

14 Responses to Florida: Awesome Bees!

  1. Dymoon says:

    loved this post.. thank you..

  2. This is all absolutely incredible to see, Pam! What beautiful and informative photos to accompany this post. I find it fascinating to see how the queen bee has to be secured in her little container.

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  4. Whoa….that is a lot of bees! Amazing shots! I go crazy seeing one flying around me, lol. Your photos show, respect the bee and he will respect you! 🙂

    • Pam says:

      Yes, we really appreciate bees. The more I learn about them, the more impressed I am. Like this for instance. Before the colony divides in half and swarms because it has grown too large for its space, the worker bees chase the current queen around so that she exercises and loses enough weight to fly to a new home. Meanwhile a new queen is hatched in the original home to continue that colony. Talk about drama. And that isn’t even to mention how interesting the bee dances are.

  5. Exactly. What can be better than natural honey? That is why we call beloved woman “honey”.

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