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.

Sarudango

IMG_0116Snowing on Awaji today so the monkeys at Awaji’s monkey center are huddling together for warmth.

Hattoji 2015

Generally I  try and make it to the Hattoji international villa at least once a year,but  for the past two years I’ve been too busy wrapped up in my own hello world unable to take the timeout and ride my motorbike (teeny tiny scooter) to this beautiful destination.

This year I jumped at the opportunity to stay there and join friends from the Kansai Riders group.

PCX150 Update

1 year and 11 months 32,000km

This is only the second time I have taken her to the mainland for a tour and I must say for sub 500km tours I really believe this is perfect bike for Japan.

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

Population of Japanese honey bee colony over the season

Very interesting to see the changes over the year with my Japanese honey bees.

  1.  Swarm caught a settled in (+1 Month,June)
  2. Feeling hot hot, The peak of summer. On the flow (Mid August)
  3. Summer is over, hornet attacks have stopped. Time to get ready for winter (early Nov)
  4. Population is dropping (Dec)
  5.  Midwinter, Population at an all time low. (Mid Feb)
  6. Two weeks later and the population is starting to grow back.
  7. Two after that and the population is at full strength.
  8. Getting ready to swarm. (Start of May)
  9. Just after swarming.
  10. Post swarm plus five days
  11. Three weeks later and the colony is bigger than ever.