This one looked like it was a primary hive. Not only did it have proper layers of brood and honey, but it had a marked queen inside. It also looked like it had been in there for quite some time judging by the amount of propolis and burr comb inside.
It’s perfectly “healthy” for them, it will just give to very small and very weak swarms. The lower numbers also makes them more vulnerable to diseases and pests and especially the cold come winter.
Saw a really neat plexiglass observation hive in an apple orchard by my grandparents house. I spotted the queen on the back side but she buried herself in the masses of bees shortly after.
They are super packed in there and my hope is that they won’t swarm out before it gets too late. A swarm this size this late will inevitably fail…
This was a big week for our hives! We spent Saturday pulling honey, shaking each frame free of bees before taking them inside to be spun in our extractor. Despite having only one hive, we managed to pull between 5 and 6 gallons again this year. Nefertiti’s hive was very productive!
We also did some basic hive maintenance and tested for varroa.
Lastly, we said goodbye to Queen Ophelia and Queen Nefertiti. We installed new queens Thursday morning. Please welcome Queen Persephone and Queenie!!
That’s a lot of queen cells!! Wow!
Here’s the honeycomb crystal looking pic from that last post. It’s super cool!
So I’m gonna chalk this one up as my most underwhelming yet time consuming beemoval yet. The swarm of bees that left the hive when I forced them to abscond was only a little bigger than Pineapple, and their hive inside the tree was completely overrun by hive beetles and void of all honey and brood. Poor things would have been gone by the end of the year anyways…
Well at least I got them in to a safe hive now and have lots of wax to melt. Hopefully it’s not too nasty.
Tried forcing a wild hive to abscond before realizing they were way out of reach. While in process I saw a bee sting an ant, and the stinger stick and pull out. That’s crazy. I’ve never seen that happen before.
I almost mowed over this fuzzy little bumble buddy this morning. She was frantically crawling along the ground and couldn’t fly, so I gave her a drop of sugar water and set her down~
Bees from all over REALLY like the sunflower at the neighbor’s house. It’s always covered with bumbles and honey bees~
Uninvited guest in the natural hive! I wonder what it’s doing in there?
Uh. So. I walked outside to get a pic or two of my super hive for a friend and looked up just in time to see what I assumed to be a queen bee flying out from one of my fenceline hives. It definitely wasn’t a worker because it was too big, and it was flying out and up instead of simply over the house like the others were.
Not sure what’s going on but if that’s a new queen’s mating flight I’m happy.