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Full Honey Frame

This is the first frame of honey that I ever removed from my hive. Special thanks to the thousands of little ladies that have made this possible. Yum!

I wanted to share how I removed two frames of honey and transported them home, early last month.

If you have missed my previous videos, I have experimented quite successfully with using “foundationless” frames in my hive. These frames were drawn out and then filled completely by the bees with no guidance at all by me. Back in August, I decided to remove two of these foundationless frames and share the honey with friends and family.

Because I chose not to use a queen excluder in my hive, my queen was free to lay eggs wherever she pleased. There was actually quite a bit of brood in my 3rd deep super, so I took 2 frames from the far edges that were completely filled with capped honey. I also did not use a bee escape which is typically used to allow the bees to move out of an upper box into a lower box, leaving a bee-free box on top.

After setting the honey frames aside, I replaced them with fresh foundationless frames inside the hive. I then shook the bees towards the entrance of my hive and used a bee brush to gently brush off the few remaining bees. Lastly, I put the frames in an old nuc box and covered it with a lid. This allowed me to take the frames home without any bees attached.

A special thanks to Geoff and Hilary for accompanying me and helping me make this video.

Here’s an amazing BBC documentary for your weekend viewing pleasure. Jimmy Doherty is a pig farmer from Suffolk, UK. While he keeps his own bees at home, nothing quite prepares him for hunting honey from the world’s largest honeybees on the steep cliffs of Nepal.

I previously posted some images from the Honey Hunters of Nepal and it’s incredible to see the actual honey harvesting in video form. Enjoy.

Man and woman in a moon

Honeymoons are commonly known as the time period following a wedding where a bride and groom spend time together. Often the newlyweds will travel together and spend anywhere from a few days to a few weeks enjoying each other’s company. But where does the term “honeymoon” come from?

According to my sources, the term Honeymoon originates in Europe and refers to the time after a marriage where the newlyweds are sent off for a full lunar month (one moon) with a large supply of mead given by the bride’s father. Mead is one of the earliest forms of alcohol and is made by fermenting honey and water; similar to wine.

The French term for “Honeymoon” is “Lune de miel” which is literally “Moon of honey”.

Now I wish that I had been given a month’s worth of mead for my honeymoon. Time to make a phone call to my father-in-law.

I read an article today that gave details on the photos you see below. These photos were taken by French photographer, Eric Valli, documenting the lives of the men and women who descend giant cliffs to gather honey from the Himalayan honeybee. This type of honeybee (Apis Dorsata Laboriosa) is the largest honeybee in the world and┬ánests at altitudes between 2,500 and 3,000 m. You can see the giant size of the honeybee on the man’s face in the first photo.

If you’re at all interested in photography and find these photos as stunning as I do, you may be surprised to learn that these photos were taken in 1987! Valli received first prize for The Honey Hunters of Nepal that same year at World Press, a photojournalism contest established to create a link between professionals and the general public.

To see more photos from this series, please visit Eric Valli’s photo story on The Honey Hunters.