Wednesday, June 30, 2010

belated bee emergency

2 weekends ago we had a bee emergency. check it out:

take 2:

yea, we didn't really know what we were doing.

you see, swarms of bees are supposed to be docile when they're clumped around a queen. and there was our problem. there was no queen in that clump. we're not exactly sure what happened, but we're fairly certain the hive split and this clump was left behind. so they were just chilling together on the window because they didn't know what else to do.

in the end we did end up catching them. the hubby rigged up a brilliant plan which i won't go into here. but we caught them in a plastic box. then on monday our bee friend came over and checked it out. he determined that there was no queen in the swam. he also determined that the new queen we installed in hive 2 was gone and a new-new queen was there instead. so he dumped our caught bees into hive 2 in hopes that they would stay, which they did.

so the saga was resolved. boy, what a pain it was!

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