On May 18, Katya was pretty full to bursting. Knowing she was going to swarm, I ordered two more hives. I was hoping they'd arrive within a week, but alas, they did not. On the next check (May 25), Katya was full of capped swarm cells. They probably swarmed on Sunday when we were at the movies. Those sneaky bees must have started making queens pretty much right after I'd closed the hive because I hadn't even noticed any queen cups on the 18th. Yikes!
So I lost some bees, but I also caught a small swarm last week. My daughter came along, and she did a great job getting those bees into a nuc. The bees were in a shrub in a condo complex, which meant lots of people walking by to stop and watch. My social butterfly of a girl was in her element teaching everyone about bees and passing out drones for them to hold. Yay! She's my queen bee-in-training!
|my bee charmer catching a swarm|
Meanwhile, the spring flow is fully underway. Locust trees and wild raspberries are blooming. Clover is everywhere. While out walking last week, I also found a small mulberry tree on my property, and can't wait for it to grow!
|rolling in clover|