Possum boxes (as homes for bees) are mentioned elsewhere on the blog, compost bins seem to be another favourite place for bees to settle. Bees high in the trees bother no-one - bees in the bin can be more of an issue.
Today we (Andrew, Ben, Tony) removed such a 'compost colony' for an elderly lady. It will be rehomed in Elthan with Ben. Ben is a professional photographer and convenes the local Permie group at Eltham. He met us through Andrew's Natural Beekeeping presentation to that group and was so enthused he wanted to get started right away.
Here are some of Ben's (the good ones) and Tony's (the snaps) pictures. Ben's working on an animated version . . .
|Tony, Andrew, Ben & 'composted' bees|
|Some heavy comb fell off the roof - most was attached to the inside|
|What was left on the roof|
|Brood comb being framed and hived|
Framing comb - working fast!
|Drone brood comb - which was sacrificed|
|Spidery remains of comb on the lid|
|More of the inside of the bin|
|Heroes in action|