Ungrateful ladies


Today,  given the unusual heat and the fact that my previous very successful water source seemed to have a leak (Possibly a deer or a badger had a go at it?) the plan was a Mark 2 version.   The bees have also been all over the small bird bath so I think they are feeling the heat and needing the water to cool the hive.  I have some surplus containers from the fat balls I give the birds during the winter.  I made a circle of holes in the lid so if it rains it will be naturally topped up.  I then made a rectangular hole for a new block of oasis.  I had checked that the oasis would reach down to the bottom so even when just a small amount of water remains the oasis should stay moist.

The lid with small holes for rain to get in and the rectangular opening for the block of oasis

The lid with small holes for rain to get in and the rectangular opening for the block of oasis.

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The assembled water reservoir

The assembled water reservoir

Once this was complete I filled it about half full of water thinking I could then top it up once it had been placed in the apiary.

All beekeepers know you either need to move a hive less that 3 feet or more than 3 miles and I wondered whether in a similar way the new water source needed to be close to the old one.

I have to say, that when I opened my second hive a little later, somehow I got stung in my scalp.  I am not sure whether they got in to the suit or stung me through the.  Most disconcerting and most impolite and ungrateful in my opinion.  That is 2 stings in two days.  A brief, light thunder storm started just as I headed back home so perhaps the weather made them grumpy.  Beesuits are very hot even in the cool of the evening so perhaps it is perspiration that gets to them.

The bees are just as desperate for moisture as we are.  The bird bath probably needs cleaning but despite its undesirable appearance there seemed to be at least 8 bees on it during the day.

Bees desperate for water in this hot weather!

Bees desperate for water in this hot weather!

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About apiarylandlord

Definitely past it - whatever it was - I may have blinked and missed it. New to beekeeping and totally entranced by the experience. That is probably all you need to know until I work out how secure this blog is. Great fan of recycling - see ilovefreegle.org to find your local group. Save things from landfill. Pass on your surplus, locally, for free or ask for things you need in case you can have someone's cast off again for free.
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2 Responses to Ungrateful ladies

  1. Emily Heath says:

    The sting sounds nasty. I’ve been leaving a dish of water with some pebbles in out and topping it up each morning, hopefully some creatures are appreciating it.

    • The bird baths have had about 10 bees on at a time. When I looked today they were still using the old water source I’d moved about 4 feet away rather than the new one which was more or less where the old one had been. That is the 2nd sting in 2 days; first up nose at Hughenden Manor and second on scalp at home. Luckily they didn’t swell. In fact, they are less painful than stinging nettle stings. perhaps I am gaining some immunity.

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