Betsy and Ingrid (and May Give Away!)

20160531_182404Last Wednesday I got a second package of bees. I had yet another new experience when installing this package. This time when I was trying to remove the feeding can full of sugar syrup I couldn’t get it free. I thought it was just heavy and that I did not have a good grip on it, but eventually I was able to wiggle it out of the package. By the time I finally got it wiggled free I noticed that the queen cage was sitting at the bottom of the pile of bees and there was a 3×3 patch of comb attached to it. They must have built a chunk of comb between the can and queen cage which explains how difficult it was to remove the can of syrup. Talk about industrious! All they had available to them was the tiny can of sugar syrup and they chose to start building comb! I decided to name this queen Ingrid. No real reason – but I just looked up the name meaning and it seems appropriate because it is Norse for “Ing is beautiful” and Ing is the name of a Germanic fertility God.

Today (a week after installing the second package) I checked on both hives. Betsy’s hive was thriving. No sighting of Betsy, but there was lots of evidence – eggs, brood and larvae in all stages. They had about 6 frames full of honey and brood. If things go well I plan to add a second box next week.

Ingrid’s hive was bustling as well. She was released and accepted (not surprising considering she had already managed to get them to build comb). There were eggs in the hive and I actually caught her laying (I felt a little bad disturbing her). And also not a surprise they had attached comb everywhere there was empty space. I moved the hive top feeder from Betsy’s hive to Ingrid’s hive and added a quart of sugar syrup.

We’ll see how things go next week.

Oh!  Since it is the last day of May I’d like to announce the May give-away!  I’ll send a couple lucky readers a hair elastic bracelet that they can wear to look stylish while having a hair tie at the ready to tie up your hair in the heat of summer.  All you need to do to win is post a comment below about your favorite insect and why (bonus points if you can guess what my favorite bug is)!  Be sure to post a comment by June 20th in order to win!

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4 Responses to Betsy and Ingrid (and May Give Away!)

  1. Erin says:

    Oooh ooooh, you like bees!!

    My favorite insect is a little tougher. I don’t enjoy them near as much as I did when I was younger, but I used to love Armadillidiidae (I just googled roly poly to see how to spell it and apparently they have a real name). They are adorable!

    I don’t know what Mark’s favorite insect is, but living in the south has been an adjustment for him. There are a lot more bugs here apparently!

    • lexicolton says:

      HAHA. I am picturing Mark standing on a chair while you squash bugs with a broom. Roly poly bugs actually used to SCARE me. I don’t know why. Everyone else seems to love them!

      And bees are surprisingly my SECOND favorite bug! I threw that one out there to see if anyone would take the bait. My first favorite is another bug that some people are afraid of (though they are far more harmless than bees).

  2. Will (Husband) says:

    NOT bees? I thought for sure it was bumble bees!

    I bet Lexi’s favorite bug is a ladybug!!!

    I don’t need a hair elastic but my favorite insect are honey bees I think. They are amazing creatures!

    • lexicolton says:

      I LOVE Bumbly bees. More so even than honey bees. I want to start a colony of them, but it is tough because you have to capture them yourself and that seems to defeat the purpose of raising them. Ladybugs are not my favorite. They are definitely up there but not #1. My parents used to have an abundance (infestation?) of ladybugs living in their attic so I think I became immune to their adorableness.

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