Working bees (Apis mellifera scutellata) in a Kenya Top Bar Hive (KTBH) – Kenya, Africa.
This is one of the first videos I posted to YouTube back in 2006. I am happy see that people are still watching and enjoying it today! The footage was shot inside a bee house made of sticks, mud and grass. The bees can enter and exit through the walls of the bee house. Because of the shade the house was always cool and dark and the bees were much easier to manipulate inside the house. This was a real advantage as these bees can be very defensive and especially when the weather is hot. To avoid stinging we usually open the colonies in the last 30 minutes to one hour before sunset. In this way the bees have time to settle down during the night. If we were to open the hives in the middle of the day (especially those outside) there is always a risk of people and livestock being stung.