The Oliver drone trap frame.
Stephanie loading new trap frames. We tested 300 last year.
Inserting a trap frame in the almonds for an early start.
Drone trap frame at four weeks—honey at top, drone brood below.
Cutting out the drone comb with a hive tool.
Reinserting the frame for the next round of trapping. The bees will quickly build new comb on the remaining wax. The whole process takes only 15 seconds!
Trap frames set to edge of brood chamber for comb honey production in bottom half.
Pure beeswax extracted from cut out drone combs. Less than an ounce per comb, but this wax can be sold at a premium, as it is completely pure and chemical free.