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colony # 153


family: apidae
genus: apis
species latin: apis mellifera
subspieces: apis mellifera carnica
species english: honeybee
colony in: hive nr 3
hive type: kempische hive
introduction to the garden: 2010-05-17
through: split
colony purchase address: so-on - vlaamse steenweg 66 - 1000 brussels
queens' birthday: 2010-06-02
queen purchase date: swarmcell
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Colony description

I made this colony by splitting some frames from beehive n°2. Bee colony 2 was at that moment super strong and I was afraid they would swarm soon. I took one frame with 1-day-old eggs, one frame with food, and a lot of youg bees. I put all this in an empty Kempische beehive and I put some blocks at the sides to make the hive smaller. Very quick the bees made a saving-cell to raise a new queen. After 17 days, our new queen was born. She flew out on her wedding flight, and started to pond 1 week later.
It still took a month before the first worker bee was born, and the colony reached its full size only towards the end of summer.

Queen description

Queen made out of a saving-cell by the worker bees.

Foraging areas

The link between plants and bees is a vital one. The greenery map of the bees' foraging surface is extremely important for the wellbeing of the colony. A map -covering the foraging area- of all melliferous plants in the urban space, has to be drawn. It is up to the beekeeper to keep track of the flowering periods of all honey plants within the bees' radius.
An important source of nectar and pollen, which is essential for the honeybees in the late summer months when the melliferous trees stop blossoming, are the wild flowers.
One can find a selection of those plants on city wastelands, on building sites and non-use parcels, on track-sides and in parks.

Electronics introduction

Observing and monitoring the activities of the hives coupled with ongoing documentation of each individual hive as well as the interaction between the different colonies will be performed. Information can be obtained from bee hives through visually observing, by listening or smelling. Changes of the hives can be monitored in terms of weight, size or outside/inside temperature of the habitation/colony and via the honey amount or quality. This data has abundant information value, but can also be used and made available in a more indirect/symbolic way. A translation of the signals/data into something publicly accessible is intended. Direct “public moments” on the rooftop gardens in the vicinity of the hives add an interactive facet.