Horizontal bee hive in June

Busy June Bees in the Hive & Seep

Our bees are so busy and happy right now!

This is the easy part of the year, and the new horizontal hive seems to be working wonderfully well. I know it’s certainly easy to inspect, since I no longer have to lift, remove, and replace honey-heavy supers. All I have to do with this horizontal hive is open the top! All the frames are easy to see and inspect, without damaging—or even disturbing—the bees very much.

I’m seeing so much activity some days from this large colony that I fear they will swarm, but so far I’ve refrained from making a split or doing anything else other than adding new frames for them to use.

It’s an effort in trust and patience, learning to manage only a single hive, rather than nearly a dozen of them, as I’ve done in past years. Of course, if this winter goes well, I may want to acquire a second horizontal for next year…

Horizontal bee hive in June
Horizontal bee hive in June
June bees' front door
June bees’ front door

By the way, I’m playing the Bees In The Seep game on nearly a daily basis.

Our bees love using the seep as their primary water source, and who can blame them? This water trickles out of the mountain a few feet from the house and hive, and is cool, clean, and fresh.

Most of all, this seep is shallow and easy for the bees to drink from without danger of drowning.

bees in the seep 2022
bees in the seep 2022

Can you count all the bees in the photo above? I’ll put another copy of the same photo below and you can see if you counted the same number of bees drinking in the seep as I did.

We step over the seep very carefully when we cross into the woods, and very often I find myself squatting down and peering in amid the buttercup leaves to watch the bees drink.

It’s just as wonderful as river staring.

bees in the seep (found)
bees in the seep (found)

1 comment on “Busy June Bees in the Hive & Seep

  1. Love it!

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