DRAMA with BEES

SO we had an extra jug of bee syrup (syrup for bees to eat, not syrup made of bees, which would be…. repulsive) and the bees have been trying to drink out of the hummingbird feeder, which makes the hummingbirds nervous, so my dad put the jug out next to the back door, where the bees could eat it and we could watch them (these are the Carniolans; the queens are Cleopatra and Diana). I was watching them drink their syrup and everything seemed good until one of them FELL INTO THE SYRUP and like my dad says, bees are better at drowning than swimming, so she started to drown and she was stuck on her back failing in the syrup and her bee sisters were trying to fish her out but they couldn’t grab her and then finally two of them reached in with their bee arms and dragged her out and she flopped onto the table and laid there a very long time resting and in the end she was okay but it was Very Stressful and I had to lie down afterwards

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(via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHkq1edcbk4)

AMAZING!!!!!!!  Beautiful!!!!! 

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I really love bees. I used to be so afraid of them, just terrified. Until a few years ago. I was deep into the worst period of depression of my life and I was sitting on the broken concrete steps of my shitty house on the busiest street in the valley watching the daily 5:15 traffic jam. And this bee landed on the one rose on the sad scraggly rosebush that hung over the steps. It was maybe 3 inches from my face. Some part of my brain was just screaming “HEY, YOU’RE AFRAID OF THIS THING, MOVE!!!” but the rest of my brain was just too full of the dull roar of oppressive nothingness to really hear it. 


So I just sat there with this bee doing his tiny little bee thing on a rose, so close I could’ve sneezed and sent him flying. I sat there, not moving, just watching him, until he bumbled off the rose and flew away. 

It’s not a good story. It wasn’t even a big event in my life. But it stands out as my only pleasant memory, maybe my only clear memory at all, from those months of just…blurred together cavernous emptiness. And made me really love bees.

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They are so happy to know you love and care about them! #bees #honeybees

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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