Monday, August 1, 2011

Crazy bees.

It is HOT. I am not complaining, we had too long of a winter to complain about the heat once we finally get it. But it is so hot that my bees just hang out on the hive in the evenings enjoying the cool evening temps. My queen comes out onto the porch and her secret service guard bees freak out and get VERY aggressive. The crawl all over her and sting everyone (me) that gets close. She is really causing them some serious stress. I would hate to have their job.
The first time I saw this, I completely freaked out and called my big brother (once again big bro comes to the rescue) to ask if my bees were running away. We finally decided it was simply too hot to stay in the hive once the outside temps cool.
Makes for a cool pic, but the bees are certainly more on edge when Queen Anne is taking risks.

Oh, by the way, Orajel works very well on bee stings : )


  1. Orajel huh? Never heard of that one. Of course the fact that I swell up like a ballon and often end up needing medical intervention has negated home remedies, lol.

  2. Baking soda takes the sting out quick too!

  3. I don't like bees and other stinging insects! Just that picture gives me the creeps. I like honey, though. Terrible, to be so conflicted!

  4. Lila, yeah that would complicate things a bit!
    Lisa, baking soda does work great. I have used it a lot. The only reason I would use the orajel over baking soda is that it numbs the sting just like it numbs your mouth. Pretty cool.
    Hermit, before I started this adventure, I would steer clear of bees all together. I decided to do this because of my allergies. Now that they have something to defend, they are more aggresive but as long as I don't bother them, they still don't bother me.

  5. You've got more guts than I... I don't do stinging insects...

  6. Yeah, I don't do stinging stuff well either. I do have a friend that is considering starting an apiary. More power to ya.

  7. Beekeeping has been a lot more fun that I thought it would be.


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