Category: beekeeping

The tricky Small Hive Beetle.  

The tricky Small Hive Beetle.  

One of the many banes of the bee keepers, Aethina tumida.   

Small things … about the size of half an eraser head.  These beetles smell like bees and even sometimes get fed by bees.  It is not the adults that are the problem to the bee keeper it is ….the bad habits of the babies.  Once established in the hive, they are hard to get out of the hive or eliminate without eliminating the bees too.  You can thank global transportation as these beetles traveled from their native Africa and now are found throughout North America.  Specimen from the Francisco Posada…bee whisperer and beetle wrangler for USDA, Beltsville.  

All those facts are well and good, but I just like looking at them.  So nicely and cleverly put together.  The deep maroon blending to a soft venous blood, bilaterally mounded and curved in proportions unexplainably beautiful beyond  simple notions of golden means.  Underneath, a package of interlocking plate-like legs, well-protected in self-contained transformer armor.  All around prickled in curtains of pits that help flick bits of light from the folds of the bounced flash.  If that were 6 feet tall we would certainly worship it as a god.

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I think it bares repeating that imo the flow hive is really not great. ignoring the extreme price, why put more plastic into a beehive? bees evolved to built comb themselves and its stupid to think your helping them at all by giving them plastic lookalikes when they would much rather just make their own. a hive is a living breathing entity and adding plastic and other man made things harms that. 

leave the bees alone. we dont need to make beekeeping any more technological or pretty soon we’ll have fully automated metal beehives with touchscreens or something. don’t buy into the silicon valley-esque garbage.

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