Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Nature Notes: Bees in Autumn

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This is a photo from September. The hive was busy getting rid of all their drones, which is why there are so many dead bees lying at the bottom. The workers were grabbing drones and throwing them out, when I opened up the hive, they used the chance to just tip the drones over the rim instead of carrying them through the flight holes.

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And here's the hive in late October. They have quite a lot of honey now and I stopped feeding them. I think they should make it through the winter. It has been fairly warm, but I am going to close the bottom of the hive tomorrow anyway. And then I'll leave them alone, except for a treatment against Varroa mites when it's cold enough that they have no more brood.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Nature Notes: Fallow Land part 2

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European dewberry - looks a lot like blackberries, but tastes gross

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I think a snail snacked on one of those mushrooms

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I don't know what that is, but it's fairly common

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blackthorn/sloe berry

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