Dad’s Top Bars–May 5, 2012

Yes, this is pretty late, but better late than never, right?

Last Saturday, we went down to Delta to visit Grandma and Grandpa, and took advantage of a second visit to my dad’s top bars. Mackay joined us with his family as well.

This is Queen Anne’s hive, if I remember the names right. She was built out 8 bars, and as you can see, the early bars are just shy of full length. It was a warmer day, and more bees were out and about as well, although you can plainly tell which combs are brood combs in this shot.

Just another shot. I’m always fascinated by the perfect structure of the cells. Pretty impressive.

Mackay inspecting a comb my dad is holding. We were able to see eggs and the queen (next photo). I’ve found that it is quite a bit easier to find the queen in the top bars than Langstroth hives. I think that is because it is harder for her to move from frame to frame. It’s only one direction after all; front to back. In a Langstroth, she can go up, down, left, or right. At least that’s what I think. 🙂

She’s there. Can you find her?

Last but not least, the kids out at Topaz Mountain searching for Topaz. The kids on the far left is Henry, Mackay’s son. We found the normal small bag of beautiful crystals, which will join the other small bags of beautiful crystals we’ve collected from previous visits.

Fun stuff.

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2 Responses to Dad’s Top Bars–May 5, 2012

  1. I don’t know anything about bees but let me say… that is so cool.

    that is SO COOL. (the combs forming in the topbar hive)

  2. Hi Dave,
    I have started to write a page about the different types of
    I would really value your thoughts on the top bar hive and natural beekeeping methods.
    Look forward to hearing from you,

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