White Wild Indigo is the name for this flower that seemed to come out of nowhere. It is in the center of our clearing--near the hives. I haven't seen it before and it is a threatened species. From what I understand, it is much more southerly and a native prairie species. Has anyone seen this or have it on your property??
* A very nice Superior Beekeeping Club "BEE SOCIAL" event on July 1st. Between 50-60 beekeepers and the interested, came out for hive inspections, mite count demos (none-yeah), potluck, mead, music by Andrew Gunden, property tours, and plenty of bee talk. It is always nice to get everyone together and share our common passion.
* The Children's Museum bees were picked up by Landon on Monday who will deposit them back to their home. After the pesticide kill in June, the remaining bees have raised a new queen that has mated and has started to lay and brood is developing. Their recovery against long odds, has been impressive. Let us all hope it is complete. We further hope that awareness of the negative consequences concerning pesticide use/abuse has been increased in our area.
* Our bees are really behind this year. After a good start in April & May, the June weather was cool and wet. July has been marginally better.
Very little or no honey has been stored, as all resources have been used to provide for increased brood production. Hopefully, July will make a big turnaround --warmer and just enough rain to keep the flowers blooming(as I am writing, it is in the 50's and raining).
*Still some swarming going on--not like some years but still a factor to watch for.
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Keeper of bees.