A Happy Birthday Bee Swarm

11 May

For almost a year now, this hive has stood silent in my backyard. Today, just in time for my birthday, we caught a wayward swarm (likely from my other hive)  and installed the girls all snuggly into their new home.


A gorgeous swarm in the neighborhood

Our swarm transfer process


Exposing their Nasonov glands to waft a “homing” pheromone

For more on technique, see: https://mistressbeek.com/2010/05/13/how-to-catch-a-swarm/


3 Responses to “A Happy Birthday Bee Swarm”

  1. karcuri13 May 11, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    Happy Birthday! Free bees are the best.

  2. Donna Fletcher May 23, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    So this swarm hung in tree for a year?! We had a little debate going here recently as to how long a swarm would stay in a tree. How do they reproduce without comb to lay new eggs? AMAZING!

    • mistress beek May 24, 2012 at 8:55 am #

      Oops! I see how my post was confusing — the swarm was actually there for just a couple hours, but I caught it and installed it in a hive that’s been empty for nearly a year. Just checked them this morning and the queen’s-a-laying, so good news for these girls!

      Thanks for stopping by.

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