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colony # 138


family: apidae
genus: apis
species latin: apis mellifera
subspieces: apis mellifera buckfast
species english: honeybee
colony in: hive nr 1
hive type: kempische hive
introduction to the garden: 2009-05-16
through: swarm
colony purchase address: Christina Stadlbauer, Brussels - Belgium
queens' birthday: 2010-05-01
queen purchase date: queen was made by the colony itself
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Colony description

This is the first colony that arrived in the so-on rooftop garden. The colony was forthcoming from a swarm that I got from another beekeeper. With this colony, I learned more or less beekeeping. Everything that could go wrong, went wrong - in the beginning.
When I got the colony, the bees sat on small (super) Dadant-Blatt frames, and the hive I prepared for them was a Kempische hive. We could not shake off all of the bees, and there was brood on the frames we did not want to loose, so we put the super Dadant frames in a diagonal way in the super of a Kempische hive (see pictures ...).

Queen description

A long history of queen-follow ups in Hive n°1.
Description to be continued ...

Foraging areas

Brussels inner city gardens, parcs and wastelands. Surroundings of place Ste. Catherine and fishmarket. Willows, birches and fruittrees in spring. Linden trees (tilia) late spring, Ivy (hedera helix) of La Maison Bellone in autumn, to assure the winterstock of pollen.
In the so-on garden there are also patches of Tübinger mix flowers, especially for the honeybees and solitary bees.

Electronics introduction

Since summer 2010 we started to monitor the hive with a digital home thermometer, to keep track of the behaviour of the colony.
Beehive n°1 is monitored with a temperature sensor and a humidity sensor, both cased into a simple digital home thermometer used for inside/outside t°.
The reading of the t° values gives us a control over the behaviour of the colony in the hive. How do they behave through winter, did the queen start ponding again, is there brood to take care of, how do the bees move through the hive.