Yesterday I officially became a beekeeper. I received my first bee sting to the face! I make it a point to go look at the bees throughout the day. I don’t open them up or disturb them, but just stand a few feet away and watch and listen. I watch them clean out dead bees and debris from the entrance, I watch them come home loaded up with pollen, I watch them fly around doing the things that bees do.
But for some reason, yesterday as I was standing there watching, one of the girls flew right at my face and landed a direct hit about an inch under my left eye, right on my cheek bone. I knew what happened immediately, and did my best to scratch out the stinger, but she got me good.
Surprisingly, the pain was not too bad. Yeah it hurt, but I have felt worse pain in my life, like the time a Japanese beetle flew right into my ear and I had to get it removed in the ER (but that is a different story)! I continued about my day, I got lunch ready for the kids and myself, pruned and staked the tomatoes, and even went back to the bees to do a proper inspection (this time with my veil on – which I always wear when inspecting hives).
The inspections went well. Lots of new comb is being drawn out in three of the four hives. The split that I made is doing great, but I could not find the queen. No sign of eggs or brood yet, so she may be in the midst of her mating flights, I will check again next week.
Both the brown and pink hives now have honey supers added. The brown hive swarmed last week, and still has huge numbers of bees, and pink is doing just as well. Very few signs of varrao, but I know they are there. But if the bees are doing their jobs and are healthy in all other regards, they can fight back against those dreaded mites.
Going into summer I am very hopeful about the health and quality of three of my four colonies. With all the rain we have had there are tons of flowers for the bees to forage from – creeping charlie, dandelions, white clover, black locust, and countless others. I will keep you all updated as the summer progresses, and oh yeah, my eye looks a lot worse than it feels! Peace & Cheers