Checked on the Catalpa tree trap out this afternoon http://www.beekeepingforums.com/thre...-Tree-Trap-Out. A ton of activity! There is a possibility the bees swarmed...hopefully into the box.
Helped another friend hive his packages. His older son had fun holding a couple of drones. His younger son was nearby and being very calm watching the bees fly. But, his big brother said, "BEE!" Well, lil bro made a move to his left jaw and that was all she wrote.
The last task of the day was installing my packages. I am glad I make it a habit to wear my full suit anytime and every time. I am not a complete believer in mild bees at installs. I was stung on the glove forefinger while holding the queen cage. I was completely still and watching the queen when a girl came up and stung. The stinger was really dug in too! It's good to see the yard filling up. Hoping for many more swarms this month.
Started the day at 8:30 AM with breakfast with a guy and his brother who are starting to keep. We then drove to Morgantown to get our bees. I picked up some bees for another friend too. I ended up sitting next to 5 packages and all the stowaways hanging on. Helped them install their bees in the tbh they built. Next, we went to my house where I took both of them out to my yard to select a frame of eggs for today's Catalpa trap out. I was able to go frame by frame and show them bur comb, capped
Yeehaw! What a great day and prelude to more excellent weekend. I was on patrol when a friend called me from town and said he was in his back yard when he heard the large cloud of bee fly over head and land on the neighbor's mail box. Fortunately, I keep a nuc ready with old comb and lemon grass oil in the trunk of the squad for the swarm season. I was really excited to get these as it was a nice sized swarm. I placed the nuc under and then knocked the rest in gently with a stick. The lid went
I went through all 3 of my hives, box by box and frame by frame this afternoon and cleaned up any messes along the way. I did not see any drones yet. But, there were adequate amounts of drone cells in each hive. I was pleased to see many frames of bees. All hives had more capped brood, honey, pollen and bees in the top brood box than the bottom. I found the queen in hive #2. She was a good looking queen with a nice dark orange color. I decided to reverse the brood boxes since they had not