That is what people think of when I say bees. Honey and stings.
2011 was the year to try beekeeping. It was the beginning of a fascination. We managed to get a small honey yield that year from California-bred, package bees, and then lost all the bees in November.
In 2012 we started out with local bees, from local beekeeper, David F. in Burien. They are dark and, well, not as friendly. However, they are hard workers, and they seem to be hardy. It is now January and we have three colonies that are still alive and come out to fly when it’s not raining. Even if it’s 40°. Again we got a small yield in 2012, not bad considering we lost all the queens in July.
2013 will be interesting if we can get these girls to make it through the winter. So much to learn!