kathykrach Allen, my bee mentor, inspected my hives this week to see how this "newbee" is doing so far.
His trained eyes spot things I haven't learned to see yet, like baby bees hatching (circled in red) and varroa mites (attached to the back of the bee circled in yellow). We watched one of the new baby bees wriggle out of her cocoon cell and it was the coolest thing.

So I'll be treating my hives with a nasty insecticide this week, which is going to make my girls mighty unhappy and kill quite a few of them in the process (a bit tricky to kill an insect that lives on an insect). We also found hive beetles...ugh. But they are a nuisance that is easily and harmlessly treatable.

The good news? My hives are strong and otherwise healthy. Barring any unforeseen disasters, they will make it through the winter.
#beekeeping #apiary #varroamites #varroa
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  •   breefreecaster I have mites. I'm doing powdered sugar treatment. I have my last dusting on Wednesday. I treated them for three weeks. I hope it works naturally. Good lick 14h
  •   breefreecaster Luck ** 14h
  •   kathykrach @breefreecaster I'm going to check in on you to see how that worked. I would much rather treat that way...but we are headed into fall here and I was told if it didn't work it would then be too late in the season to treat with the heavy stuff. Next year I'll act sooner. I'm not looking forward to this treatment at all. 5h
  •   breefreecaster @kathykrach the same thing happened to me last year. I discovered to late and treated with the big guns. But my hive was week and I lost it. Hopeful we survive this winter. 4h

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kathykrach Like a moth to flame, he can never pass up a light saber. #StarWars4Ever 1d

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kathykrach One more song to go...Hershey Park very thoughtfully provides a parent lounge for concerts but it's more fun to stand outside the stadium and hear the girls scream.
#5SecondsOfSummer #5SOS #Hershey #ImTooOldForThis
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kathykrach Pumpkin Everything is Coming. #abomination 2d

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kathykrach 5SOS at Hershey. Doesn't get any sweeter than that. 2d

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kathykrach I love the smell of beehives in the morning.
#beekeeping #apiary
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kathykrach #TBT Delaware shore last week. Summer, missing you so hard already...I hardly knew ye. 4d

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kathykrach Life just wouldn't be the same without her...
#NationalDogDay #beagle
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kathykrach Back-to-School Night Celebration Feastivus!

Adults in the house are celebrating, kids not so much.
Let them eat steak.
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kathykrach Ring around the duckie.
#iheartcarrollcreek #frederick #maryland
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kathykrach View of water lilies from our table @thewinekitchen on Carroll Creek in Frederick on a gorgeous night. #iheartcarrollcreek 1w

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kathykrach We had a little excitement at the bee yard yesterday. @s.he.lb.y found a 5 ft long black snake that had become tangled in plastic mesh fencing some time ago and was not only rapidly outgrowing his fence "belt" but had gotten it snagged in a hydrangea bush and couldn't move. @sophiemgc got some scissors and surgically removed the plastic from around Burt the snake and set him free. He seemed grateful, and appeared only minimally injured from the plastic tourniquet he had been wearing.

Snakes are friends of beekeepers, as they keep the mouse population down. Field mice love to nest in warm beehives and they are very destructive in the process.
#beekeeping #snake #apiary #homestead
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kathykrach A sampling of itty bitty pretty macaroons from @yummysweetshop. We got one of each! #macaroon #OCMaryland #beachtreats #yum #lastdaysofsummervacation 2w

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kathykrach Any guesses what's for dinner?
#DukesMayonnaise is my newest food obsession. Some lovely soul brought it to my 4th of July party. I'm a mayo junky and this stuff is seriously the best I've ever tasted.
#BLT #SummerFood #tomatoes
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kathykrach Not quite #TBT but almost...my little guy starts middle school in about 10 days. I have a feeling my days of finding battlefields on his dresser are numbered.

I didn't notice the bagpipers until I enlarged this photo. Love that he included them.
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kathykrach There's a doe in there somewhere.
I startled her and her twins as I was coming up the path from the pond and they took off in opposite directions (she taught them well). Now she's fretting after her fawns so I'll slip away.
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kathykrach There's a turtle in there somewhere.
He's sunning himself on a partially submerged fence post. I'm cooling off under a tree after my run. Just two introverts hiding at the pond.
#ColdBloodVersusWarmBlood
#DorkyScienceLesson
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kathykrach Poltergeists are no joke. Adolescence can stir up very dark energies that blanket an entire household for years, like a heavy fog that just won't lift.

@iamhalsey is one of several sirens luring my daughter safely back toward the shore. But instead of dashing her upon the rocks, these sirens are navigating her towards a resurrection of sorts.

So #TBT to the concerts she's craving insatiably, where I get a precious glimpse of an intimate universe of glowing young people, who for a few sets are transported all at once to a place where they are perfectly understood and loved. And here's to recognizing gifts, even when they are very strangely wrapped.

#Halsey
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kathykrach WE MUST SAVE THE TEQUILA!!! #bats #pollinators #TheyAreCuterThanYouThink
#Repost @nightingalequilts with @repostapp.
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Even if you don't like them, you need them more than you realise
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kathykrach Current mood. 4w

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