Our volunteer Beekeeper, Paul Bryant, is all suited up! He's taken the top cover off of our bee hive. He shared a lot of information on bee culture during the installation. We're getting Italian bees and a new queen. The majority of the hive has travels coach, but the queen gets special treatment in a private box of her own. The white plug is a marshmallow that her workers will eat to let her out. In the few days it takes to work through the plug, the queen will acclimate to her new home and be likely to stay.
|New Italian worker bees||Our new queen bee|
Paul takes a frame out of the hive (with some work-in-progress from the previous tenants)
And then transfers the bees to their new home. He does this by simply shaking the box, and the bees fall out like cereal! (Not quite the honey-crunch I want to eat, however.)
|Ready...here we go!||Gentle shakes get the bees out of their box.|
We hope these bees will find our garden a sweet new home!