I've finally found my Dean equivalent! Though my preference is for beekeeper!Dean over bees!Dean, I will make an exception for this:
Those are bees covered in powdered sugar. LITERALLY THE SWEETEST BEES YOU KNOW, AM I RIGHT OR AM I RIGHT. Just think of the potential for Deancest! All the powdery!Dean bees would get licked by the non-powdery!Dean bees and it would be adorable. :D Plus, there's canon precedence for this:
Er, anyway. What I mean by this is I went to bee class on Saturday, and we learned about parasites and pathogens that affect hives. Meghan, who runs the Northern Bee Network, is a farmer/epidemiologist, so it was a particularly intense lesson--it reminded me rather pleasantly of my medical microbio exams except with bees. Because when we went out to the hive for the "lab" portion it went something like,
Meghan: HIVE PRESENTS WITH SHOTGUN PATTERN BROOD. POTENTIAL DIAGNOSES? LOOK AT THESE UNCAPPED CELLS. SEE HOW THE LARVAE IN THESE ONES ARE EVEN AND WHITE, AND THIS ONE IS YELLOW AND TWISTED? WHAT DOES THAT SUGGEST?
WHAT ABOUT MITES; LET'S CHECK FOR MITES. IF THERE ARE MITES, WHAT ARE THE AVAILABLE TREATMENT OPTIONS? WHICH ALIGNS BEST WITH YOUR ESTABLISHED HIVE MANAGEMENT STRATEGY? IF WE DON'T FIND ANY MITES, WHAT MIGHT THAT ALSO SUGGEST? LOW BROOD COUNT? GOOD. SO AT THIS STAGE, WOULD WE WANT TO SUPER?
The reason those bees are covered in powdered sugar is because it's part of a (hilarious, but totally legit, I swear) way of approximating mite counts in your hive, and comparing that number against certain established baselines to decide whether your mite count might be detrimental to your hive.
Basically, what you do is take out a frame and give it a shake, so you can collect a 1/2 cup of bees and put it in a mason jar (lid fitted with size 8 hardware cloth), then dump some powdered sugar in with them. Then you shake them up inside the jar (O_o;;!) and wait until the jar warms as a result of the bees' vibrations. This will cause the powdered sugar to stick to their bodies and the mites, subsequently, to slip off. Then you can shake out the powdered sugar and the mites and count them to approximate for the entire hive.
It's so cute, though. So, so cute. :'D
Since I've friended a few people recently and I was not wearing a warning label at the time, a brief explanation: Hi, I'm Kalliel, I really like bees and I really like marine life, and I will stop at nothing to connect these things to SPN by whatever means necessary. I've been campaigning for beekeeper!Dean since 2010, but this idea has only recently gained even the remotest bit of relevance, re: Cain's bees in 9x11. Upside down shark!Sam still has no canon resonance whatsoever, but if S10 goes the way S9 did, aka deeper and deeper into my heart of hearts, OH THERE WILL BE. THERE WILL BE. XP