I’m not sure what is happening in there, but the ants around here are all over the new swarm. There’s only one piece of comb in there so hopefully they’re just cleaning up dead bees or something. I put coffee grounds all around them to hopefully suppress the ant invasion.
Got a swarm call down at the almost local park and I must say this is the actual smallest swarm I have ever seen. It was about the size of a water bottle and looked more like an exotic fruit than bees when I first saw them.
Im thinking of naming them the “Pineapple Bees” because that’s what they looked like. Xp
Not the neatest comb, but they’re doing well. 6/8 frames drawn out and lots of baby bees on the way! Not to mention the HAUL of honey they have stored up already. Probably 5/6 of those frames are just honey.
What Are the Benefits of Eating Honeycomb?:
Honeybees produce honeycomb in their hives. Composed of beeswax, the structure of honeycomb consists of hexagon-shaped cells used to store honey. The wax that makes up honeycomb contains very-long-chain fatty acids, along with long-chain alcohols, or esters. The honey stored within the honeycomb is the purest, rawest form of honey, and the wax the honeycomb is made of has nutritional value.
So I took a quick peek in to Easter Hiveland and saw this right through the feeder hole. Yep. That’s the big chunk of honeycomb that they had built in two days. They chewed through the support bands before they anchored the comb to the frame, so it just fell. Though they rounded off all the edges so it looks pretty cool, aside for where I had to squeeze it to pick it up. Looks like comb designed in zero G.
Thinking of naming these new babees “Easter Hiveland” or some variation of that. Because they swarmed in on Easter. And it’s a pun.
Got any ideas for yourself?
Manuka Honey USA Blog:
A couple hundred bees swarmed around the pair as they unsuccessfully tried to lead them away from the house. That number may sound high to some, but it was nothing compared to the hive inside Ohrmundt’s ceiling: There were 120,000 bees nesting in a beehive above her living room.
One shot plans for the nucs I’m building.
Hopefully someone can make some sort of sense of my scribbles. Xp
Reblogging because this is super relevant