Going going gone.

Going going, almost gone!

Well it looks like hive number H20150522-01 known as Erika isn’t going to make it.

On top of the dwindling population, it seems that the workers have tried in vain to build new Queen cells. I actually don’t know if this hive is queenless and because of type of hive used here it is very hard, almost impossible the check if there currently is a queen.

That’s most probably the biggest downside to using the Jubako style hive.

So what can I do ?

I could try a number of things, but because I keep an endemic honeybee species I believe beekeeping for this species should as treatment free as possible.





Queen-less? 無王群?

2015の初採蜜!First Honey Harvest for 2015

After recovering from a 40.6C (105F) fever I decided it was time to harvest from the Fuku Cafe apiary.

From two hives I was about to harvest around 10kg* (22lbs) with a sugar content of 80.4% and an unusual dark color for spring honey

*10kg is a very good haul for Japanese honey bees. We average a little over 3.5kg (7.7lbs) per hive per year.



弱群!This years runt!




Not really sure  what is happening here, I know this hive has been under attack and getting robbed from sunup to sundown, Even adding a reducer didn’t really help, Talk about a battle royal, So maybe it just hasn’t had time to create the base honeycomb and beef up it numbers. Hopefully that will change, Only time will tell.


畑田組のミツバチ達 The bees at Hatada Village

There is something special about this village, Even though I only caught four swarms they are all doing well and exceeded my expectations and growing at an alarming rate.

An early harvest is looking very likely for at least one hive.

hopefully next year we can triple the amount of hives next year on once stone terraced  flourishing mandarin groove.

ふくカフェ養蜂場の草刈り完了! Weed eating complete


Weed eating complete at Fuku Cafe apiary.

Man the weeds in this country grow fast, I need to look into mulching