A New Shipment of Honeybees

Posted by Sharkey

We here at the Daily Wag, will also miss Cora-Belle, the Cattle-Dog and we send our best to Lucinda and James.  We also welcome Black Mama, the Feral Cat.

Honeybees are extraordinary little creatures that provide a tremendous aid to food growers, as they pollinated many crops.  However, in recent years, many beekeepers have been facing very troubling problems with their bees.  We've even seen it here at the farm.

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Well, Francesca, it's happened again.  The honeybees have disappeared over the winter.  The hives have been cleaned out and are being positioned in a different area for the new bees that have been ordered.

1 Well, Francesca, it's happened again. The honeybees have disappeared over the winter. The hives have been cleaned out and are being positioned in a different area for the new bees that have been ordered.

This mysterious and disturbing condition is called colony collapse disorder (CCD), and it's happening to beekeepers all around the world.  CCD has wiped out from 20% to 60% of colonies in the affected areas.

2 This mysterious and disturbing condition is called colony collapse disorder (CCD), and it's happening to beekeepers all around the world. CCD has wiped out from 20% to 60% of colonies in the affected areas.

Carlos went to pick up the new bees.  Most hives are started with a 3-pound package of live bees, which contains approximately 12,000 honeybees, including one queen!

3 Carlos went to pick up the new bees. Most hives are started with a 3-pound package of live bees, which contains approximately 12,000 honeybees, including one queen!

Carlos brought home 4 packages, one for each hive.

4 Carlos brought home 4 packages, one for each hive.

Listen to all that buzzing!  Once the hives are in place, the bees need to be installed.

5 Listen to all that buzzing! Once the hives are in place, the bees need to be installed.

It's kind of complicated and someone with good bee knowledge should take charge.  Basically, you take the cover off the box and shake the bees into their new hive.  Franny, I do not want to be anywhere nearby when that happens!

6 It's kind of complicated and someone with good bee knowledge should take charge. Basically, you take the cover off the box and shake the bees into their new hive. Franny, I do not want to be anywhere nearby when that happens!

So, here we are after what looks to be a successful installation.

7 So, here we are after what looks to be a successful installation.

The bees have sugar syrup to feed on until they figure out where all the flower nectar is located.

8 The bees have sugar syrup to feed on until they figure out where all the flower nectar is located.

The problem is, Francesca, that there doesn’t seem to be a single smoking gun behind CCD.  Experts are looking at a range of possible causes, including a parasitic mite called Varroa destructor and several viruses.

9 The problem is, Francesca, that there doesn’t seem to be a single smoking gun behind CCD. Experts are looking at a range of possible causes, including a parasitic mite called Varroa destructor and several viruses.

There's also a bacterial disease called European foulbrood that's increasingly being detected in U.S. bee colonies and the use of pesticides is also looking to be a real contributor to the problem.

10 There's also a bacterial disease called European foulbrood that's increasingly being detected in U.S. bee colonies and the use of pesticides is also looking to be a real contributor to the problem.

Let's hope they figure out how to keep honeybees alive or else plants, like this apple tree, won't grow very much produce and that would be disastrous!

11 Let's hope they figure out how to keep honeybees alive or else plants, like this apple tree, won't grow very much produce and that would be disastrous!

Comments (11)

  • ..thank you all for the kind words..you have made it much easier for Lucinda...she could not have wished for a better group of pals...may you all have a great Mothers Day..over and out, Black Mama

  • Hello everyone,
    Today is Three Cheers For Mom Day to celebrate Mother's Day. So, I will get right to it.
    I have several that I have to honor. My birth mom, Ami, thank you for giving me milk when I was thirsty. Jan, my handler and good friend, thank you for doing such a good job of showing me and making me # 1 in the country two years in a row. We had lots of good times on the road. As you all know I go back and forth between Gerry, my co-owner who is in Maryland and Karen, my co-owner and breeder who is in Pa. Both are my moms and both of them treat me very well. They both give me good care and real good treats. I have the best of two worlds and I couldn't ask for better moms. I am very much loved by them and I love them right back. So, Three Cheers to the woman in my life, including Mammy Jean who lives with Karen. I can't be with everyone on Sunday but they all know I will be with them in my heart, not only on Mother's Day but every other day of the year as well. Especially on my birthday and Christmas cause I get lots and lots of goodies on those days. Hehehehehehehe Happy Mother's Day to all the Glue Squad Moms.
    Now for the bees, that is a shame that Carlos put all that work into the other bee hives and then they got sick. I hope he has better luck with these new bees.
    Have a good weekend everyone and try to be good, at least on Sunday for our moms
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Hello Girls & Glue Squad Buddies,
    This bee situation seems very dangerous that so many are not making it. I am glad to be so educated by you Franny and Sharkey, especially since I am a landscaper, I need to be aware of Mother Nature and all her players. Very interesting in deed to see all the hives.

    Now on to the THREE CHEERS FOR MOM DAY!!! Maddox you are so smart coming up with this idea. They need to make a statue of you being the thinker like that naked guy one. Thank you for your Professor ideas. My FIRST CHEER is for Mama Martha, for if it wasn't for her, we would not be able to get together and learn from Franny, Sharkey and G.K. and be friends with everyone. My SECOND CHEER is for all the Glue Squad Moms that love me and have encouraged me in my new home. And my THIRD CHEER is for my Mom. Yes, Zoe, she can be the queen of the dorks too, like trying to put a tiara on me, cleaning my ears and washing my paws, and always with the camera, but that is what Moms do and I love her. I love her especially for baking biscuits for me, going on walks with me, tummy rubs and being The Biscuit Fairy (yep, Mom I always knew it was you), but mostly for when she isn't a dork, for being patient with me as I learn to trust again. I give her kisses now and that is our favorite thing. I love all my Glue Squad Moms and hope you all have a GEM of a Mother's Day and get lots of treats and toys, or, I mean gifts and dinners. Have fun!!!

    Love and licks,
    Ruby

  • Hey Black Mamma,
    You have only been with us for a short while but I am glad that you can see just how special the Glue Squad is and how important Cora-Belle, James and Lucinda are to us. We are thrilled that you are taking over for Cora-Belle. We look forward to hearing more about you and your adventures on the ranch and we are so glad that Lucinda and James will stay in contact with us.
    Ok, going out on the deck before it gets too warm.
    Happy Mother's Day to all the Glue Squad moms. You ladies rock
    Maddox

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    It’s too bad that your bees died over the winter. My Daddy used to keep bees when he lived in Ohio. He said that you didn’t mention one thing about the queen bee. She is in a little cage inside the other bees. You take the cage, which has a hole in the top filled with wax, and put it into the hive with the other bees. The bees will remove the wax to free their queen. If a hive looses the queen, you can get a new queen and do the same thing; they will free her and she becomes their new queen. If the hive gets too many bees in it, a new female queen bee is born and will take about half of the hive with her. It’s a good thing to have a standby hive in case this happens. You’ll be able to increase your hives in this way. Enough about bees, Happy Mothers Day all. Have a good, and safe, weekend all.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Good morning ladies,
    We're so sorry about the bees. Mimi says "No pesticides at our house, we love bees & praying mantis & spiders, too. Oh, the spiders outside, the ones in the house meet with a squishing. She plants flowers that attract bees & butterflies. Just down the road is the bee-yard for the University. The learned folks are trying to help. Kirby's Dad sure has a great idea, doesn't he.
    Everybody knows how much I love my Mimi. I don't know who my real Mom is, but I know she lives in Florida. On Sunday we'll be at the Grandkids house for a bar-be-que. I'll be happy to see the grandkids and the kitties. They have very dog friendly kitties.
    So, Happy Mother's Day to all our Glue Squad Moms and the Moms in the blog cabin and Martha & the ladies that work for her, too!
    Til Monday.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, I certainly appreciate the nice comments from The Daily Wag about our great friend Cora-Belle and I will miss her forever! Thank you also for welcoming Black Mama who sounds great also! Francesca and Sharkey, so sorry to hear about last years bees being gone, but happy that Carlos got so many new ones! We haven't had very many bees either and even our Pear tree missed them and we only see a few pears growing! Sure hope you sweet girls and GK have a wonderful Mother's Day with Martha, Alexis, Jude, and Truman! It has been so nice to hear so many wonderful comments from our Glue Squad members and Dr. Pia about our beautiful friend Cora-Belle! She sure was a great friend of ours! So nice to hear from Black Mama, Maddox, Ruby, and Kirby so far today and will enjoy all the rest of you later! My Three Cheers for Mom's Day are being raised by a sweet Kitty, moving to live with my great friend Cricket, and being loved forever by my Mom who takes such good care of me!!! Hope you all have a great Mother's Day! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • ..wow..Mothers Day is special day for us ferals here at the farm/ranch...we love Lucinda and James and thank them for welcoming each and every one of us..there are 11 of us..we all arrived by being dumped off at the end of long drive way..usually in the winter cold and wet..our first contact was with a crazy cattledog that alerted Lucinda a newbie was here..then the food came out..and warm boxes with straw and old blankets in various spots..some of us could be caught and taken to the vet to be fixed others are too wild and we only see a streak as they run by...but we are loved and get lots of food and dry spots to stay..so thank you..Lucinda and James...we wish all our glue squad moms and grannies Happy Mothers Day!...Black Mama..ps being ferals we know how important bees are and hope the little guys survive as they make the world go around

  • Happy Friday!!! Hello F, S , GK and Glue Squad :)

    F & S sorry to hear about the bee situation. It's probably from all the crap in our air and water. If you sit back and think of all the chemicals in this world it's amazing we all aren't disappearing.

    On a much happier note - HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL OUR MOM'S!!!!!

    I love my mom so much she takes such good care of us, good food, grooming (even though I hate it I know it is necessary) wonderful snacks and unconditional love. I can tear all 3 rolls of TP off at the same time and she just looks at me and I know she wants to laugh and I can see her heart just jumping with love ;) Ok maybe I went a little over board on the TP but she does love me :) Me and the Labs hit the jackpot when my mom adopted us she is just the BEST.

    Well all my DW Mom's and Momma's Martha and Laura enjoy your day.

    Zoe

  • Hi everyone! I have not gone missing: Mom has. Well, we know where she is, but wherever she has gone the last two weeks she has not been able to get online, so I have not been able to dictate my posts to her. I had heard about Cora Belle, but I'm not sure that my post of sads made it up. I am so sorry Lucinda And James. I liked Cora Belle and know she is having a great time being naughty at the Bridge with our other Rainbow Glue Squadders. If I missed anything else, well I am sorry, but Mom isn't sure how long her connection is going to last ;/ Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there, human and four leggy; being a Mom is the best job in the world, but it is nice to be acknowleged sometimes.
    A bientot!

  • To all the mom's in the Glue Squad,
    HAPPY MOTHE'R'S DAY
    You ladies rock!!!!
    Love ,
    Maddox

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