Opossum in the Apiary

Remember when we had snow a few weeks ago and we tried guessing the tracks in the snow?

There are apparently several critters who keep an eye on the hives.

I was out working in the yard a few nights ago, heading into the evening hours, when I saw a large opossum sneak out of the woods, run along the wooden fence line and duck under the bee hives.

I grabbed my flash light and ran over to take a look.

He was standing below the hives (which are on stands) licking the ground until it was spotless. I think he was eating the wax cappings, drips of honey, bee parts, etc.

I ran into the house, grabbed my camera to take a movie, but by the time I got back, he was clinging to a branch a few feet off the ground to the sides of the hives.

The whole time I watched him he never tried to get into the hives, he seemed opportunistic to just eat what scraps of wax and dead bees he could find on the ground, and then left.

Comments For This Post: (4) | Post Your Comments! Hide The Comment Form
Anonymous says...
Date:   March 23, 2015, 11:29 am

Pick him up and give him a kiss, they're great kissers...

Robin Edmundson says...
Date:   March 26, 2015, 6:02 am

Possums are personae non gratae at our place.  They creep me out.  If we find one in the chicken coop, consequences are swift, severe, and eternal.    But I think most possums are zombies because it's super hard to kill one.

Tim says...
Date:   May 2, 2015, 10:15 pm

How interesting. We don't have opossums here, do they kill chooks do they, sorry chickens? Our native possum is a vegetarian.

Anonymous says...
Date:   May 18, 2015, 4:00 am

Robin. please take a few strolls around the web (not just wikipedia like most folks)  and get to know these amazing marsupials.
I believe you will be shocked about the fact that most of what you have heard just isn't true.  In fact !  an opossum may save your life someday. US patent 5744449

Post your Comments!

Your Name: (Leave Blank for Anonymous)

(Feel free to link back to your site within your message!)

You should see a captcha above.
If you don't, your network or browser is likely blocking it.
Your comments will not appear until they're approved.