Giant Asian Hornets

For any bee keeper losing a hive is a sad time. I am lucky enough to keep the Japanese honeybee, a very sturdy honeybee. In fact the only time I really need to worry about my hives is during the autumn months when the giant asian hornet decides to turn it’s radar onto my hives.

It’s been well documented that Japanese honeybees can ward off attacks from these hornets, however I have found that if the hornets are persistent enough the bees really have no chance.

The beekeeper does have one weapon in their arsenal which uses the Japanese Hornets pheromones against itself. Using sticky paper they catch one Hornet, and then make it super angry (this is not hard to do 🙂 ) . After catching this hornet we then lay the paper in the path of the oncoming hornets and one by one they die to there sticky deaths.

aftermath of hornet attack
Aftermath of hornet attack, bees gone, honey intact, larvae eaten.

 

 

 

Bushnell trail camera

I picked up a cheap bushnell trail camera to see what animals are visiting the apiary.

it seems to be working fine 🙂

How deer you
How deer you

2016 First Harvest!

Happy Honey Harvest 2016!

Well it’s my first harvest of the year,  Lets hope the year brings a lot more honey. Yum Yum…. home for me!

Raw Honey
First Harvest for 2016

Winter 2015-2016

I still have at least one more month until winter is over and I am in the clear. So far I haven’t lost any hives but two are not looking great, So this year I decided to feed them 200cc of sugar water every 10 days to 14 days, I hope it’s enough.

Weeding is a must!

Well it’s my birthday today, so why not do something interesting on your birthday 🙂

On Thursdays I generally check on the Hatada apiaries and today I noticed that the Perilla had started to take their dance of death and turn brown and honesty the stone terraces just weren’t looking good.

I knew this is gonna happen and had been putting off weeding that section of the apiary because I  just don’t like weeding and there are a lot of snakes

I had decided on only weeding around the beehives, but being a  Mr. Can’t stop when he gets started ended up pulling all the Perilla.

Now next, I’ve just got to get rid of all the Madagascar ragwort around the hives.
before_after2 before_after

Hatada Updates

Getting Stung, no biggy

When people hear I keep bees, The first thing they generally ask me is

  1. How much honey do you make?
  2. Do you get stung?

Which I answer..

Not enough.

and

Yes! I get stung all the time

But like most other bee keepers I don’t really mind it at all. It’s all the other things that want to sting, bite or eat which bother me and on the list right now of annoying things are horse flies.

 

Wild sesame perilla

In less than four months, Following very wet rainy season the stone terraces have turned a brilliant green. At first I had no idea what this weed was and it turns out it’s a very common herb/spice used in Korean cuisine and known as wild sesame. It’s suppose to flower at the end of summer around September hopefully and is a good nectar source so I been told, I just hope the honey doesn’t smell like the leaves 🙂

 

Cutting Grass – My new life

Yesterday a friend who has helped me out tremendously was asked

What do you do on you holidays ?

His reply was “Kusakari! weed eating!

I laughed his reply and thought, that is the direction I my life is going in.

Weeds in Japan are just crazy, during the rainy season you obviously you’re gonna rain, heat, humidity and enough sunlight to throw them  into overdrive and really make the life of the locals a constant battle between knee high lush good to hide the poisonous snakes and a beautifully weed eaten field.

Time consuming

Never expected the fence to take this long to complete. Pleased with the results so far… But man it is taking time.