A Taranov in time
No, I’m not going to write another lengthy post on Taranov splits, but I wanted to share some photos. The Taranov is my favorite way to split my top-bar hive because the bars don’t fit into my Langstroths. With the Taranov, I can move just bees and not equipment. Best of all, it is fun to watch.
Every year my top-bar hive yields swarms, queen cells, bees, brood—whatever I need at the moment. The bees moved in about four years ago from out of the sky—a July swarm. I don’t treat, feed, or harvest honey, but the hive is my first stop when I need bees. They’ve got awesome genetics.
The bees that overwinter the best in my apiary are offspring of this one feral colony. Go figure. And by the way, don’t believe that old adage, “A swarm in July ain’t worth a fly.” This puppy has served up queens and splits for four years now.
Last week, they were itching to swarm again, and when I checked, I found backfilling in the broodnest. So as soon as the rain stopped yesterday afternoon, I did the split. As of now, I don’t know where they queen is, but the top-bar hive is testier than the split so my guess is she went with the split. By and by, I will check for eggs and try to figure it out.
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