All Hives Are Go

11 Apr

The ‘hood is now two hives richer. Despite the wind, we successfully installed 2 packages of honey bees in Albuquerque’s Nob Hill neighborhood near the University of New Mexico. It’s a great place to keep bees with plenty of backyard gardeners and loads of flowering trees on campus.

Below is the Ann Hive, site of last year’s bee tragedy. It’s got a new team on board, a new graffiti wall, and we’re feeling optimistic.

The Ann Hive, now with bees

The Ann Hive, now with bees

Within a couple of minutes after installing the package, our new girls were tail in the air releasing an orienting pheromone from their Nasonov Gland. The photo below is one of the new occupants of the Ann Hive, hanging her hat on the door and calling it home.
Bee exposing and fanning her Nasonov Gland to release an orienting pheromone

Bee exposing and fanning her Nasonov Gland to release an orienting pheromone

Bonus! I’ve uploaded this image to Wikimedia Commons. Enjoy 😉


4 Responses to “All Hives Are Go”

  1. Jerry Anderson April 12, 2009 at 8:35 am #

    Great pic, Mistress Beek! Home, Sweet Home!

  2. Sarah April 15, 2009 at 10:03 pm #

    That is a very special picture. Alls well here after the excitement yesterday. After talking to you, and Ken, and finally Jerry, the swarm left the area and peace resumed. What weird shit!


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