Thermosolar update

Thankfully, it is perfectly possible to continue to care for honey bees while still respecting the social distancing/essential travel restrictions, and this hot weather and abundance of flowering trees has meant all the bees have been extremely busy. I have combined all my contractual visits in to one 'Bee Tour', hence the sudden crop of …

Thermosolar update

The Thermosolar hive's greatest attribute is its state-of-the-art Varroa control procedure, using the power of sunlight to gently heat the hive to a temperature for a short time, which doesn't harm the bees, but does kill the mites. I wanted to know if the bees do have a mite load, so I put the inspection …

Super Thermosolar

I needed to check the bees in the Thermosolar hive hadn't glued their roof down again, and for that I needed the propolis to be really soft. It's a hot day today in the south east, and while I was there I thought I would put a honey box (super) on too, so they have …

Thermosolar update

The Thermosolar bees have been in their hive a couple of weeks and I wanted to make sure they had settled in. They were very active, and not very pleased to see me! I didn't have my smoker so I might have to use that next time - the smoke distracts them and masks any …