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Monday, 31 August 2009

Cretan Hives

I visited Crete on holiday with the family last week, and of course, when I spotted the hives below I screeched the car to a halt and leaped out with the camera.

Of course, the hives are more "rough and ready" than UK and US versions. See below. But I guess the bees don't mind.

I spotted a giant hornet land on this hive and carry off a bee. As I said in a previous post, the hornets treat them as a take-away dinner. Bite the heads off and suck the nectar out of the stomach. Discard the rest. See the next post for more on the hornets.


  1. Looks like you had a 'beeman's' holiday ;)

    Hope you all had a great time!

    News hot off the press - we might be allowed to have bees up at the allotment. Not sure if it's us that'll be allowed or whether a registered beekeeper will be using the space somewhere. We've got to let our warden know if the ideas acceptable or not.

  2. Yes, thanks, VP. Good time had by all. Watch for more Cretan posts.

    Good news about your lottie.

    There's a big difference between gentle bees and aggressive bees! Make sure you get the former for the lottie. MBKA breeds bees for gentleness. They are noticeably more docile.


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