The girls (worker bees) are kicking the men (drones) out of the hive! We had our first really cold night and found the ground in front of the hive littered with dead drones. Here’s how this works: the drones go on mating flight with the queen about once per season. That is all they do. The rest of the time they just hang out in the hive a drink the honey the worker bees bring in. When fall comes the girls (worker bees) decide that they are not feeding these drones all winter so they kick most (not all) of the drones out of the hive to preserve honey stores for the workers, queen and brood that will winter over. The second photo is a drone pupa. The worker bees actually pull out the drone pupa out of the comb and drag them outside too. Talk about strong women! Drones are identified by their large eyes. You can see the big eyes in the second photo. The head of the drone larvae is toward the top of the photo. (Remember insects have three body parts: head, thorax, and abdomen). Worker bees (all females) have smaller eyes.
This is a honey extractor. It is basically a large centrifuge that spins the honey out of the frames. The spout at the bottom is where you drain the honey off after you are done spinning out the frames.
Here is Mr. Beekeeper loading the frames into the extractor. This was really a sweet job…our first honey harvest!
|Maybe the Great Pumpkin will visit our pumpkin patch this year. Here’s how we made our pumpkin tower:|
|First we used a electric drill with a very large bit to carve out our pumpkin and alien faces.|
|We drilled a hole in both the top and the bottom of the pumpkin to allow us to accommodate the stacking pole. We did not scoop the seeds out of the green gourds. We just drilled the green alien faces and a top and bottom hole.|
|I re purposed my “crazy pot” from my summer flowers….|
|by removing the top five pots from the pole.|
|Now it was time to stack the Punkin’ heads.|
I love all of Lois Ehlert’s books. One of my favorites is Leaf Man. This children’s book describes a fun journey that a pile of leaves make across the countryside. My daughter decided to make her own Leaf Lady. She told me the Leaf Lady needed to shave her legs!