Bees Propolized Wood Grain Pattern

Last week I began making more bee boxes for this upcoming spring. I also had a couple of supers from last year that were in need of being re-painted.

While I was going through a pile of supers waiting to be re-painted I found this one where the bees has put propolis on the inside of the super, following along the wood grain pattern.

I wonder if they didn't like the tiny recessions in the grain and decided to fill it in flush with the surface of the surrounding wood?

I also spent some time this week building frames to go into the new boxes. Garrison (the self proclaimed "middle child") wanted to help.

He got to apply glue himself, but I told him I was going to help with the nail gun (we'd been to the doctor's offices too many times recently for a nail-gun-related trip to be added to the list).

Once the glue was dried, he even helped paint the boxes.

It made for a pretty great afternoon.

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Robin says...
Date:   February 17, 2014, 2:17 pm

Sounds like a great way to spend these weeks before Warm comes.   I got my replacement nucs ordered [expensive this year!] and I'm excited to get going again.    Looks like you've got a fine, fine helper there.   It's nice when the kids take an interest in the bees.

Tim says...
Date:   February 17, 2014, 8:59 pm

I think it was a wise choice to keep control of the nail gun. I like the propolis picture, sometimes it seems they just use it because they have it handy.

Shreve says...
Date:   March 5, 2014, 8:08 am

I've thought why bother with all that extra work of patching holes but then imagine what looks like a small hole or ridge to us must be large trench or pothole to them.

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