* Away from the road in our clearing the flowers bloom. The winter snow gauge says 2 ft. of flowers.
* There have been many inquires about the UP Children's Museum hive of bees. The queen and a few hundred more died 3 or 4 days after the initial pesticide kill which took over half of the hive. The bees (see pic) are attempting to raise a new queen from the remaining eggs of the old queen. This is their last ditch effort to survive as a colony. You are seeing in the picture a couple of capped queen cells ( they look a bit like a peanut shell) that should hatch very soon--only one will survive. She will then need to mate and then start laying eggs( another week after hatching). Hopefully the hive will be able to return to the museum in another couple of weeks. Pass on all of your positive thoughts for a successful outcome to this amazing process of mother nature's attempt to deal with mankind.
* July 1 Bee Social. Details here. All are welcome.