Video of Mini Hive Inspection (in HD)

Here’s the video of the non-intrusive hive inspection I did earlier today, recorded on my new fancy pants high definition camera. (Change the settings from 720p to a lower resolution if the video doesn’t load or play back seamlessly for you.)

Related post: Non-intrusive Hive Inspection.

UPDATE (Jan. 24/11): The honey comb under the inner cover is called burr comb, and the bees built the burr comb because I had the inner cover on upside-down. Whenever there is more than about 1cm of space in the hive (called “bee space”), the bees will try to fill it in with comb. The upside-down inner cover provided too much open space.

7 thoughts on “Video of Mini Hive Inspection (in HD)

  1. Hey Sol,

    I’ve met a few people who don’t like bees because they got stung when they were kids. Chances are, though, they didn’t get stung by honeybees. More likely bumble bees or wasps, both which can sting again and again and hurt a whole lot more than honeybees. The honeybee sting to me feels like getting poked with a thorn from a rose bush. It hurts a little, but it goes away quickly. The last time I got stung, I hardly even noticed it.

  2. I have been stung by such a variety of things that fly, buzz, sting and bite over a period of decades (not just as a kid), that I just hate being near any of them. First time I got stung was in grade school when I stepped on a bee barefooted. Last time was a wasp in a dark room and I was in bed. That one was just last year. I have had enough of an allergic reaction to be concerned about it. My knee swelled up to the size of a softball from a ground bee sting, and with last year’s wasp sting, I ended up with hives all over my body and uncontrollably itchy hands. I know the honeybees probably aren’t as potent as these other things, but if my only irrational fear in life is to flying, stinging or biting insects, I am probably ahead of the game. I like to watch the hive activity from a safe place. Just don’t like being near them in person.

  3. Holy macaroni, Sol. I’d be staying clear of anything with a stinger too.

    I’ve never had any interest in insects at all, ever. I’m a little surprised I got into honeybees, but once I started learning about them, I got hooked.

  4. I just did a full inspection of Hive #2 because I was concerned by the fact that the bees weren’t taking much feed and seemed inactive compared to Hive #1. If the hive was full to capacity with bees, I don’t know how I’d ever inspect the frames, pull them out, put them back in and push them into proper spacing without killing a good handful of bees — and risk killing the queen. I know beekeepers do it all the time, but how do they do it? I can see the advantage of having a marked queen now. I don’t now how close I came to squishing the queen, but I know I killed at least a dozen bees. Down the road, when I’m better able to identify the queen, I’m going to buy a queen cage so I can capture and mark the queen.

    Anyway, the bees in Hive #2 are not as far along as those in Hive #1. They have maybe 6 full frames drawn out. I won’t be adding another brood box to that hive any time soon. The brood pattern also doesn’t look as solid as the brood in Hive #1, nothing as good looking as this:

    Most of the comb seemed half decent, but the comb on a frame that wasn’t spaced properly — this one:

    — (it was too far apart from the other frames) was warped near the bottom, almost like a supercedure cell. I looked carefully at the comb. It looked like regular comb, but badly drawn out. I didn’t see any swarm cells at the bottom of any of the frames, nor anything else to indicate a new queen was on the way.

    So that’s it. I’m not sure why the bees in Hive #2 seem so inactive, but I’ll keep feeding them. And I’m not touching the hive for another two weeks.

    I hope I didn’t kill the queen.

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