Spring 2020 Adventures in Apiculture

Adventures in the Apiary

We had a lot of excitement in the apiary this spring….in the way of swarms. Because we had such a warm winter, the bees are all 3 weeks ahead of their normal schedule. It would seem my girls became overcrowded and decided to abandon the hive.

2020 Parent Swarm

Parent Swarm

And, then a few days later, a virgin queen took off with a bunch of bees too…

2020 Cast Swarm

Finally, we had a mating swarm.

2020 Mating Swarm

Mating Swarm

It seems that we now have a mated queen and the colony looks robust. We just have to maintain the hive and ensure the girls have room to expand. And, maybe, honey in August!