Ok got call from a commercial hydraulic mechanic shop down the street from me (probably my bees). Said there were some bees underneath an excavator. Well when I got there, it was more like IN the excavator. The bees followed the hydraulic lines inside the bottom structure of the excavator and it’s a pretty big opening. They were not in a good mood either… probably since a major thunderstorm had just passed through. Wish I had my telephoto lense to get a better picture of the opening but you might be able to see the size of the opening. There are ALOT of bees.. the picture doesn’t do it justice. I had probably several hundred flying about me while I was underneath this rig.
Obviously this will be a trap-out if they agree to the time frame that it’s going to take.
Received a call from a friend of mine (who needs bees) about a swarm. The word was that the swarm was in a small tree for several days and I didn’t think they would still be there yesterday morning… but they were still hanging out. Very small and my pictures were not really great this time. I was using my phone camera this time around and even managed to photograph my shadow. Duh!
Got a call yesterday around lunchtime from my friend James at the department that I work at. Seems he came home for lunch and his hive swarmed on him. Nice that it landed next door in a shrub/tree. Just the perfect swarm to capture! I left work at 4pm and they were still there waiting to be captured and put in a box. Have to say this was the most fast and easiest capture yet. We had them boxed up in an hour. They were gentle the entire time and we didn’t have to suit up or use smoke. Only thing that occurred was that I got stung on the hand by some crushed, dying bees that I accidently smushed as I slid the box over the screen bottom board. James took one sting as he bungied the box together to move it next door back to his house.
On yeah… you have to watch out for those 3 inch thorns on the branches. I did get several slices from those.
Watch out for those thorns! Just found out this is a Lemon tree!
Wow… with all my other websites… I didn’t I think I neglected this one so bad! Sorry folks!
Saturday I was getting ready to do inspections and most likely some splits. As I was getting all my tools ready, one of my overwintered Nucs decided to swarm. I wish I had taken video of it but I was anxious to try and split it before they actually swarmed. I know folks are probably saying why because when they decide to swarm, they are going to no matter what you do!
This queen that I got from Rossmans in Moultrie Ga last year produced the most gentle bees that I have encountered. This is the first hive (actually nuc) that I can work without smoke! I wanted to spread her genes out since I have 2 hot hives that I need to re-queen and I want to keep this line active so I can requeen the others.
As they were pouring out of the nuc and swirling in the air, I opened it up and did a quick inspection. I didn’t find my red dot queen from last year but I did see one supercedure cell and multiple swarm cells on 4 frames. The supercedure cell made me question what the heck was going on in the nuc but all I can figure is that either the queen just left or something happened to her. The brood pattern on 3 frames was awesome, almost a perfect oval and lots of capped cells. But I didn’t see any fresh eggs or larvae… so something was amiss.
At any rate, I managed to get two splits from this one nuc, adding some frames of brood and eggs from one of my other hives. I have to keep an eye on these two nucs and see how they will do in the next few days. I desperately want to keep this queens genetics going in the apiary.
This weekends weather is not going to be that great for any inspections or splits since there is a 50-70% chance of rain on Saturday & Sunday.
Really weird… I guess I was not on top of things. Came home from work yesterday and 2 spare Nucs that I had sitting in the bee yard now have full time residents! Very small late summer swarms (probably only 2000 bees or so) but this is the first time this has happened to boxes laying around.
So this weekend I’ll do inspection on the double-deep hives and do alittle checker-boarding to provide more room for laying.