I fell asleep late last night on our basement couch watching Graham Norton, so I slept in a bit this morning. At 8:30 this morning, I heard him calling my name (my DH, not Graham) and found out that during the night, Buttercup had been overturned by a bear and rained on. The electric fence was still on and intact, so my guess is that Yogi or Boo Boo must have stuck a paw through the electric tape and knocked my nuc down. The nuc was not quite 3' from the fence. Guess it wasn't far enough.
The first thing I did was scan the ground for the queen, but I didn't see her, so I figured she might be between the combs. To minimize damage to the comb, I first moved all the bars to a table so that I could pick up the nuc body. While doing so, I noticed the mess was not as bad as it could've been. Most of the comb had ripped slightly from the bars, but only three combs had torn off completely.
|These bees were on the outside and drowned in the rain.|
|Sling for holding comb. Masking tape will work, too.|
|Cluster of bees starting to form on the ground.|
|Hard to see, but the tail end of HRH is trying to scoot out of sight near the top of this cluster.|
Meanwhile, the other hives were waking up and the spilled syrup and nectar were drawing robbers. They were all over the table and Buttercup. I really should have moved her to a new location, but I didn't because those log stands are heavy! Instead, I just moved her stand a bit to make sure a bear couldn't swipe at it again and reduced her entrance by half. I also decided not to feed her until the robbing frenzy subsided.
Forgive me if I didn't take a lot of photos of them robbing the nuc itself. I was kind of busy trying to close it up quickly.
|Reduced entrance. I use 2 pieces of duct tape. |
One small piece is taped to the outside piece so that the bees don't stick to it.
|Trying to clear a space for the level.|