John Carey of central Illinois sent these photos of a swarm he hived on June 30. Nice catch! It’s another case where the tree is barely up to the task.
Early this spring I set up three swarm traps and two bait hives. After thinking awhile, I decided one of the bait hives was too close to the propane tank. The delivery person was already leery of the top-bar hive, and that was ten times further away. If perchance he got annoyed and decided not […] Read more
Beekeeper Tom Allen of the Wannabee Hobby Beekeepers in South Dakota sent me photos of a mind-bending swarm that he helped capture in the prairie. His friend Jerry Owens found the swarm and provided the photos. Tom writes: The attached pictures are of a swarm captured by a friend here in Rapid City that is […] Read more
After the swarm settled in the trap, we decided to leave it until morning. We had other things to do before dark, and I needed to prepare a hive for the new colony. Still, we decided to walk up the hill and look at the other traps. I was certain they were empty; they were […] Read more
Saturday offered a ton of work. We had bushes to plant, fences to move, potatoes to mound, weeds to pull, and branches to prune. The day was overcast, unseasonably humid, and we kept noticing bees all over the place, many more than usual. I got stung just for peeking in the mating nuc. Late in […] Read more
Here is a photo that perfectly illustrates the concept of backfilling. You can see that the frame once contained brood in the center with an arc of nectar above and to the sides. But now, most of the brood has emerged and the empty brood cells, which are slightly darker, are being filled with nectar […] Read more
Part way up the ladder I stopped. The cardboard box I carried kept catching in the branches. The box was too bigI knew thatbut I liked it because it was deep. I was hoping it would restrain the swarm longer than a shallow box. Standing on the ladder was not the best place to try […] Read more