The-Beekeeper

34choco  asked:

important questions: which paladin is allergic to bees, which paladins will fight 200 bees, and which paladin loves and protects the bees?

Lance

  • Will Protect™ any bees. He loves them. Even hornets and wasps.
  • When he was a wee lad he wanted to be a beekeeper
  • Also loves the fucking Bee Movie

Hunk

  • He’s allergic but he would never hurt the bees. They didn’t do anything to him (yet). They deserve to live, too.
  • Bumble bees are super cute and he would protect them from all evils
  • Hornets and wasps can rot in hell, tho. He wouldn’t kill one, but he still dislikes them.

Keith

  • Hates bees.
  • He’s not even allergic, but he got stung once as a kid on his neck and it really scared him (not to mention hurt like a bitch).
  • Will kill them.
  • You know how some people fucking despise spiders? Yeah that’s how much he hates bees.

Shiro

  • He doesn’t mind bees, but he doesn’t love them either.
  • He’s never been stung, so who knows if he’s allergic or not.
  • Even if he was, he wouldn’t go out of his way to kill a bee or anything. He’d just get a little uneasy of any who flew his way.

Pidge

  • #1 bee lover
  • They ate honey on everything. Chicken nuggets, tea, peanutbutter, anything.
  • They hate hornets, though. They’re fearless and will smack one of them.
  • They aren’t allergic, so it’s not that bad if they’re stung, anyway.

Allura

  • If she ever meets a bee, she will love it. She’s fascinated by Earthly things, and would love to know more about the bee.
  • If it stung her, that would be bad. She’s probably allergic and, since she’s not human, no one would know how to treat her
  • The healing pods would, most likely, resolve the issue.
Which sport would they practice

For a lovable anon

Anduin: Did you know that chess count as a sport? Because Anduin did. Chess totally is a sport. Oh, and also he can race a horse. However, he prefers ram racing, since he is better at that.

Ghost Varian: Fencing. And by fencing I don’t mean two people in beekeeper suits with blunt long bendy wires, no. I mean heavy plate armor and two hand swords.

The Council of Three Hammers:

Muradin: Tumbling. Don’t ask where he got to it, alright? there is a reason why Muradin is one of the most agile Dwarves.
Moira:
 Throwing. It’s sorta national dwarven sport. From this very sport, darts were born. Moira can throw an ale-mug so it stays in the wall (and two men have to get it out).
Falstad:
Quidditch. Yes, there is a non-potter version of Quidditch played on ground, where you have a stick between your thighs, but this is not it. Dwarves play it in air. With normal balls… And gryphons.

Tyrande: Archery. Yes, it is stereotypical. She isn’t going to change her hobbies because of some of your stereotypes, she’s been doing that for thousand of years. What did you even want? Yoga?

Mekkatorque: Aerobatic. It’s acrobatic but with planes. You can bet your shoes that ‘Torque invented the Azeroth version of this sport.

Velen: Rock climbing. He can climb nearly 90° degrees mountain side without any equipment, but he uses it, because anything can happen. Sorry, I beg your pardon? No, he doesn’t crave that mineral! Draenei are not goats!

Genn: Hunting. Whether on foot with just a crossbow or on horseback, hunting is a sport and pretty hard one. It includes both brain and brawn.

Aysa: If you don’t count martial arts, then she is a professional synchronized swimmer. And quite a good one.

Thrall: He jogs. After spending years in arena, fighting or his life, or just fighting for victory, he is kind of fed up with anything that includes violence… And while jogging he can think about other things. 10 miles per day aren’t anything unusual.

Spirit of Vol'jin: Football tennis, sipa, sepak takraw. Basically anything when you have to kick a ball over net. All of those are national Trolls sports.

Baine: In case you are still mad that Tyrande doesn’t do yoga, then I can assure that the other nature freak here(aka Baine) practices yoga. … Alright, I guess nothing can make you happy. Welp, you can stick it.

Sylvanas: Aside from archery you mean, right? Baton twirling. You can try to judge her, but it is highly unadvised as she can throw the metal rod across the room and hit you straight between eyes.

Lor'themar: Dancing and ballet. You may argue that those are not sports but consider: A) It’s seriously physically demanding (have you ever tried to dance samba to something faster?). B) His hair looks awesome while moving that fast. C) It gives him that sort of strength in legs that he can kick your head straight off.

Gallywix: His palace in Azshara has a golf court. He plays golf for sure. However, Goblin golf also scores bonus points for hitting people’s heads or drinks.

Ji: Diving. Scuba diving too. But mostly the normal diving, since he loves going pearl hunting. It’s both sport and an adventure. Oh yes, and here are the martial arts again.

Taedal: You haven’t seen it all as long as you haven’t seen him figure skating.

A funny thing about introducing a new queen into a hive that has lost its queen (or one that you’ve killed because her brood was too fighty). 

You have to introduce the new queen into the hive with these special queen cages that are stopped up with candy, and are open enough to let the hive smell the new queen, but not open enough that they can get in there and kill her.

Because they will kill her. 

When you first put the new queen in she smells like an intruder, but by the time it takes the bees to eat through the candy and free the queen, the queen’s pheromones will have had time to work and the hive will have gotten used to her.

From the outside this kinda seems like: 

“Yeh, we were all going to murder you to death before, but we’re full of candy now, so we’re cool. Oh yeh, and how about you be the new queen and stuff. Yeh, that’s cool too.” 

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of course, not everyone can do all these things! but if you are concerned, here is a list of information and resources.

KNOW THE FACTS ABOUT BEE DECLINE:
The global and European situation with bees and other pollinators
Watch Marla Spivak’s TED talk: Why bees are disappearing

STOP USING INSECTICIDES:
Bee declines and the link with pesticides
Pesticide toxicity to bees

PLANT BEE-FRIENDLY PLANTS:
List of bee plants by category
Know your garden store: Don’t poison bees by accident

MAKE A BEE GARDEN:
Bee garden facts
how-to

SUPPORT LOCAL BEEKEEPERS:
how to buy honey
get in touch with a beekeeper
about urban beekeeping

MAKE A WILD BEE HOUSE:
About wild/solitary bees & how to build a bee house
more on bee houses

CONSIDER BECOMING A BEEKEEPER:
Some US states will pay you to take up beekeeping
DIY backyard beekeeping 
About commercial beekeeping 

ENCOURAGE YOUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT TO DO MORE TO HELP:
Bee Health: Background and Issues for Congress
(unfortunately, I cannot provide a comprehensive list of how to contact local governments, it would be much easier for you to research this on your own.)

LEARN MORE ABOUT BEES AND EDUCATE OTHERS:
Another list of things you can do to help bees (there is some overlap)
bee nest 101
Facts about pollination

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(all drawings by mod aliza)

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While we’re on the subject of honeybees, I was recently visited by a swarm!

I came home Tuesday to find a huge cloud of bees all around a magnolia tree by the garage. In less than an hour, they coalesced into a tight ball of bees about the size of a football.

Now, I knew from a lifetime of nature documentaries that honeybees are at their most docile and least likely to sting when they’re swarming. A this time, they are stuffed silly with honey, don’t have any young to protect, and can simply fly away to avoid predators. They’re cruising around with their queen, looking for a new place to build a hive.

I wasn’t worried about them hurting anybody, but I didn’t necessarily want them to take up residence in my garage or attic. So I did what anybody would have done in this situation. I made a Facebook post about it and then googled what to do.

Fortunately, a friend of mine works at the Stratford Ecological Center in Delaware, Ohio. She put me in touch with their Apiarist (beekeeper), who was simply ecstatic to hear that I had a stray swarm and that I hadn’t poisoned it (apparently, lots of people don’t know the difference between honeybees and wasps/hornets/yellowjackets/etc). We set up a time for him to come rescue the swarm, and he even called a couple of students up to share the experience. One of them had been waiting for over two years to go on a swarm rescue run.

He brought out a hive box with some already-combed frames. We cut down the twig the bees had clustered on and dropped it into the box, and they immediately began claiming it as their home. Detecting the wax comb on the frames and recognizing a good hive location, the bees started to emit a lemony “homing” pheromone, letting all of their sisters know to settle down here and start laying down wax.

We kept the hive box overnight to allow errant scouts time to return. He came back the next morning to pick up the hive and take it to a quarantine site, until he could be sure of the bees health and temperament. He even left us a little parting gift from the apiary at Stratford. Everybody kept saying what an absolute treat it was to find and save a swarm, and how rare it was to see them. Provided the hive is healthy, in a month or two, I could go up to the ecological center and visit my bees! 

With 40% of honeybee colonies in the US dying in the last year, every bee that can be saved is a small victory. It was a real privilege to witness this event and have a hand in finding a good home for the swarm.

If you see some swarming honeybees in the wild, call a beekeeper! They’ll be grateful to hear from you, and you’ll be doing some good for our pollinator friends!

An easy way to help the bees in your garden this summer is to make a bee waterer. As most water is too deep, bees stand the risk of drowning in any container where they can’t get footing. Fill a pie pan with marbles and a little water to give the bees a place to land and hydrate without falling in! #savethebees #bees #gardening #gardener #beekeeping

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Some of you were curious about the honey process

Well, I’m here to show you what these wonderful little ladies make, and how us humans collect the extra.

Some Vocabulary:

This is a Langstroth beehive. Those boxes in it are called “Supers”. Supers hold 10 frames each. Frames look like this.

I’m here to teach you about honey extraction from this particular kind of hive, and when you only have like 5 or 6.

The Process:

First, we start with the frame of honey.

Notice anything? The bees have “capped” this honey with beeswax so it can keep for the winter! (or beekeep heheh)

So what you wanna do is cut those bad boys off with ya Hot Knife.

(Or you can just scrape them off with a fork. Or poke holes in them. Dealer’s choice, man.)

Next, you put your uncapped frames in the Crazy Spin Cylinder. (The Extractor)

And YA CRANK IT

And the honey sp i n s

Honey GO

H O N  E  Y


The frames are spun at such a high speed that the honey is pulled right out!

Next, you open the spigot at the bottom, run it through a strainer…

Pour it in a jar…

and VOILA!

Beautiful Bee Nectar that you got yaself! This has been a PSA