Little miscreants?


Hive No 2 was from a swarm last year; they were received exactly a year ago 27th April 2011 – found on a school playing field.  There are lots of fears about ‘swarmy bees’ but I am just a little more laid back.  The chairman of MBBKA observes that having bees that don’t swarm seems as contradictory as seedless grapes.

I’ve been keeping a record of the activity of my bees recently.  Imagine my surprise when, in between the showers typical of the last weeks, I spotted a hugely magnified level of activity in one hive.   Perhaps they have a colony instinct to swarm at a similar time of year?   It has been too wet and cold to inspect recently.

Hive 2 is extra active

Hive 2 is extra active

By the time I get my camera the sun has gone in and the activity and in particular the cluster outside the hive had all but disappeared.  This was just before 2 pm – a common time for swarms.   We’ve also had a fera warning that bees might need feeding due to poor weather.  I think I must add a super to Hive 2 tomorrow and then some fondant above.  this should give them extra space if that is becoming a problem.

I have also set up a bait hive nearby.

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About apiarylandlord

Definitely past it - whatever it was - I may have blinked and missed it. New to beekeeping and totally entranced by the experience. That is probably all you need to know until I work out how secure this blog is. Great fan of recycling - see ilovefreegle.org to find your local group. Save things from landfill. Pass on your surplus, locally, for free or ask for things you need in case you can have someone's cast off again for free.
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