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Pavel Vykhrestov is the bee master

Stuffing small pieces of wood into a metal can with a bellows attached, Pavel Vykhrestov, 27, lights a fire to blow smoke into a stack of beehive boxes.

Vykhrestov says the smoke calms the bees because they think there is a fire inside the hive and they begin to eat the honey before it might be destroyed.

He begins to search for the queen, which is one way of checking the health of a hive, although he admits it can be difficult to find in the supers, hives which are up to three boxes tall.

Posted: April 25, 2014

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