Shed update

Hatada eventually should become my biggest apiary hosting around 100 hives, in the area of the shed hopefully a potential 40 hives so I need to keep tools and hives on hand so I can rock up to the apiaries empty handed and take care of business. Empty handed? Really? Lazy much?  I really want to cycle there some weekends and it’s a good 70 km round trip if I  do a loop. Also I never know if I am going to be cycling, motorbiking or driving the Awaji sports car, aka kei-truck. But the main thing I want to keep up there is a weed-eater. In the photos below […]

Back to the bees

I like reflecting. 2016 marked the year I became a bee-haver and not a bee keeper, a little black mark which ultimately set me back a few years. You see I have the tendency to bite off more than I can chew and this year I literally choked myself working for Project Shunyoso also while doing a full time job, some coding and occasionally working at hotel anaga,  Once again I had put myself in the fast lane of life and burning rubber I didn’t have. Recover Sometime in January I came off my motorbike cough motor scooter and long story short, It was an icy day I wasn’t going fast, I braked on […]

Canada goldenrod

Once this invasive species flowers it marks the end of the honey harvest. Bees, flies and other nectar gathering insects love this plant, probably due to the fact that there are virtually no other flowers around this time and this thing propagates like wildfire and can be seen everywhere. It would be nice if it’s nectar yielded mouthwatering honey but sadly it doesn’t, it just doesn’t.

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, […]

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 […]

Population of Japanese honey bee colony over the season

Very interesting to see the changes over the year with my Japanese honey bees.  Swarm caught a settled in (+1 Month,June) Feeling hot hot, The peak of summer. On the flow (Mid August) Summer is over, hornet attacks have stopped. Time to get ready for winter (early Nov) Population is dropping (Dec)  Midwinter, Population at an all time low. (Mid Feb) Two weeks later and the population is starting to grow back. Two after that and the population is at full strength. Getting ready to swarm. (Start of May) Just after swarming. Post swarm plus five days Three weeks later and the colony is bigger than ever.