Well, here’s something unexpected. I went to put some feeder pails out for the Kitty and Olga hives today. When I opened the lid to Olga, I found a drone stuck by the head to the propolis trap.
I could see him hanging when I lifted the lid. When I set it on the ground, he remained rigid in this head stand position. He’s been dead awhile, but he sort of looks like he’s in some weird yoga pose. I wonder how he managed that? Perhaps the workers did it because they are tired of the drones eating the honey and doing nothing but going on their daily flights to look for a queen to mate with and return day after day, unsuccessful virgins. It’s easy to tell if a drone is still a virgin–because it’s still alive. Once they mate with a queen, they die in process.
The Olga hive has been in propolis overload. When I went to switch the feeder pail, they had glued it to the boards with propolis. I admire their efforts, but it makes feeding them a bit of a challenge.
In other news, I found a fifth edible fungus in Mr. Neil’s yard today–a shaggy mane. I’ve read different explanations of how tasty it is, but I didn’t try it because I didn’t have time to prepare it and once you pick it, the fungus will quickly autodigest turning into a black liquid–bleh. It will do it a little slower if you don’t pick it, which is what give this mushroom its folk name, the inky cap. Plus, Mr. Neil isn’t in town and no one else around seems as interested in the wild edible shrooms.