Bone Lake Meadows Apiary Blog

making the planet a better place one hive at a time.

fun facts July 30, 2010

Filed under: bees,sting count — queen frederica @ 11:40 pm

Did you know….

–Eighty-seven of the world’s 124 most commonly cultivated crops are insect/animal pollinated. Between 60 to 80% of the world’s 250,000 flowering plants depend on animals for pollination.

–Bees can fly up to 2 miles in order to find a nectar source.

–Pesticide use, diseases, parasites, and the spread of invasive species are the major causes of pollinator decline.

–Honey-laundering is real and happening worldwide today. China, why do you play me like that?

–It’s 11pm on Friday night and we are extracting honey.. 2 markets in the morning and we still have bottling to do. Really glamorous, folks.

–Mike was stung an undisclosed amount of times this week. I, however, lucked out with only 5.

–Bees will die of loneliness and isolation if separated from their colony for more than 3 hours. Aw, sadface.

–Hula hooping is a great way to help pass the time between uncapping frames and bottling honey.


hay there! June 1, 2010

Filed under: sting count — queen frederica @ 9:00 pm

Mike and I have been doing lots of inspections to keep tabs on what the bees are up to. It’s common for them to swarm this time of year so, by going in the hives and checking everything out we can see if they are trying to leave us, as well as if they are healthy.  Thankfully, most of our bees are satisfied with the abode we’ve supplied them with and are out collecting nectar, pollen and propolis.

This is Mikey Cool in a hive at one of our bee yards (notice the thumbs up!):

We’ve got to walk through a horse pasture to get to our hives are this particular bee yard. The horses always seem to remember us and come trotting up for treats of sorts. I hear horses like pollen patties.. yeah, me too : ) 

ps. Mike’s sting count has now doubled.


May update May 15, 2010

Filed under: sting count — queen frederica @ 8:22 pm

Because Mike is stung all the time, I didn’t want to bore you all with sting blogs. So I figured each time I was stung there would be a count update. Sorry Mike, but by popular demand, I have to announce the current sting count… 

kelsey: 2 (still)   |   mike: 23? thousand?

Does anyone else get knocked out for a day after getting stung? Or is it just me that is that lucky? Oh how I wish I would be like everyone else and swell up.


The Sting Count April 12, 2010

Filed under: sting count — queen frederica @ 3:40 pm


mike:   6          |   kelsey:  1


After all the hives I worked on in Hawaii and Minnesota over the past five months..I was finally stung. I’m quite surprised I got away with 0 stings for that long.


We took a picture assuming that I would react and swell up a little. Nope! No swelling. Just a little pain for a couple minutes and it was over. Nothing a root beer float can’t fix…  : )