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Swarm Season

May 12, 2015

Swarm Season

Wow, Started this season off with multiple seperate swarms. I managed to catch a few and Start some new colonies. Here are a few pictures.

Early in the season a swarm landed on some grapevines in a yard not far from our community garden. It was a small swarm so i am guessing it was a secondary swarm with a virgin queen possibly.

We managed to get the bees in a box but it took some coaxing to get them to stay as i wasn't sure we got the queen.

A few days later i caught this beautiful swarm in a ornamental plum tree. it was drizzling with rain but they didnt seem to mind and they went into a swarm box and were happy. you can see them fanning their nasanov glands to let the other bees know where to go.

swarm on plum tree




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