It was exactly nine days ago that my hive number four threw a gigantic swarm that landed in a fir tree. Today was exactly the same. After several days of cold and rainy weather, today dawned bright and warm. This time I was weeding my pollinator garden when I heard the unmistakeable sound of a […] Read more
After spending four cold nights swinging from a Douglas-fir, my errant charges have returned. Watching them reminded me of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Requiem: Home is the sailor, home from the sea, And the hunter home from the hill. These are the bees I told you about earlier in the week, the ones that swarmed just […] Read more
Yesterday broke crystalline and balmy after a week of frosty nights and wet days. It could only mean one thing: swarms would be on a rampage. So I said to my dog, “Dog, we’ve got to have a look at number 4. I sense trouble.” A swarm in western Washington So I gathered some equipment […] Read more
Earlier this week, beekeeper Debbe Krape of Delaware was called upon to make an unusual bee rescue. The colony, shown below, was building its new home at the Sunoco Refinery in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania. On Monday, Debbe sent me a short message along with the photos: We were able to cut the leaves of wax […] Read more
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