this morning before work I took a walk up to check on the bees and they were still sleeping! No activity at all and the sun was already up. Apparently they didn't have to be at work at 8am like I did!
No Steve is not on fire; he is getting the smoker prepped. I did mention that the smoke is used to calm the bees. I think it may have the same affect on the keeper so that you can work with them! Not really but it appears that way.
Steve begins by opening the box.
Once opened all these removable racks/frames contain bees, honey, nectar, larvae, comb, brood and a queen!
Steve has begun moving them. You will see 2 frames already moved to the box on the right.
A shot up close of the frame. The white area is capped honey, yellow comb below that; the capped areas within that are known as brood (aka new bees yet to emerge). Not visible in the photo are the larvae and nectar.
Steve rubs an under used frame with beeswax to encourage the bees to start using it. As all the frames get used up you add another box to the stack making the hive taller, allowing the hive to grow. Notice his lack of gloves as the bees are inches away. Again if you are peaceful so too are the bees.
One of the bees checking out the sign that I designed for the hive. Painted the hive white as well...bees have color preferences and it keeps the hive cool in the summer by reflecting the sun light.
The comings and goings of the hive began immediately. Trying to figure out where the air traffic control tower is!