It has been a while since these photos were taken, but I still wanted to share them. This was the day I took my Grandfather-in-law, Gramps, to visit my hive. This was the same day I noticed a piping noise and began to wonder what my Queen was up to. Virgin queens make a special noise called piping when they are trying to fight off another queen. Check out the video to learn more and hear what piping sounds like.
"This morning in Chattanooga, our granddaughter-in-law, Amanda, took us along to tend to her bees." - Gramps
I "Never did this before!" The "first thing to learn is to be a little gentle" I had "good results—no stings!"
As a new beekeeper I am keeping track of my stings. I want to make sure my reactions to stings are normal and don't get worse. I have a localized reaction, which means I swell up right around the place I got stung. My face looked a little funny and swollen for a few days, but then returned to normal. It seems like all of my sting reactions are the same. It hurts for the first minute and then the pain is gone and no swelling. The next day it starts swelling. It stops swelling a day later and then starts going back to normal. Every sting is different and so far every sting comes in a different part of my body. Being stung is never fun, but if I can learn what I did wrong, then I can take better care of myself and my bees.
Staring at the dancing bees in an observation hive, it hits me. I love how these tiny creatures communicate. It looks like they're having fun dancing around while telling their sisters where to find some nectar.
Amanda's Sting Count
2013- 6 stings