Where the wild bees grow

9 Jun

Just past the cluster of roadrunners and lizards, not far from the Rio Grande bisecting Albuquerque, there’s a wild hive of honeybees.

The girls work quietly in an old cottonwood along the bosque bike trail near Paseo del Norte.

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4 Responses to “Where the wild bees grow”

  1. Gord June 9, 2009 at 4:16 pm #

    What a gorgeous purple. We picked up a good-sized swarm in an old residential neighbourhood yesterday morning and would love to know where the hive is that they came from. Any hive that can cast a four-pound swarm after the wet, cold, spring that we’ve had must be doing well.

    • mistress beek June 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm #

      Congrats on the swarm! What does this bring your hive total to?

  2. Jessica Loomis June 14, 2009 at 11:12 am #

    I need your help. We live on the Westside of Albuquerque and we have a huge colony of honey bees that have implanted themselves in a group of rocks on the ground next to our house. I would hate to exterminate them and would really appreciate some guidance on what we can do to have them removed without killing them. call me ASAP 505-908-0985

    • mistress beek June 14, 2009 at 11:51 am #

      Hi Jessica! Congrats on the bees ;-) How long have they been there? If they just arrived, it’s a temporary swarm and they’ll move on in a day or two. Regardless, you can call the City’s 311 # to report a bee swarm. The City has a list of local beekeepers who will snatch up swarms of honeybees. Of course… these kids may not be honeybees, sometimes it’s hard to tell.

      Hope that helps!

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