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, using the Japanese Hornets attack pheromone against itself.
Using sticky paper I catch one Hornet, and then make it super angry (this is not hard to do 🙂 ) . Then lay the paper in the path of the oncoming hornets and one by one they die to there sticky deaths.
Well it’s my birthday today, so why not do something interesting on your birthday 🙂
On Thursdays, I generally check on the Hatada apiary and today I noticed that the Perilla had started to take their dance of death and turn a shitty brown and make the stone terraces look like a big turd.
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 Mr. can’t stop when he gets started ended up pulling all the Perilla.
Following a very wet rainy season and in less than four months, the stone terraces have turned a brilliant green. At first, I had no idea what this weed was, and it turns out it’s an ubiquitous herb/spice used in Korean cuisine and known as wild sesame. It’s supposed to flower at the end of summer around September; hopefully, it’s a good nectar source. I just hope the honey doesn’t smell like the leaves 🙂