I’m in a draw in my continuing battle to get straight comb in Beta and Gamma Hives. Some comb in Beta collapsed. This doesn’t bother the bees. It’s full of comb and honey where I could see because it was covered in honey bees so there was no taking it out. They were building some new comb and the new guides seem to be doing there trick, which was very nice to see. All my problems are comb guide problems.
At Gamma Hive, the comb guides are doing their job. I took a quick peak in the old Lang frames that I’m trying to remove but they are full of brood so I left them.
That was Saturday. I did a few other things around the house on Saturday and when Sunday came I decided to camp out on the couch. It was suppose to be rainy but about 100 laps into the prior night’s Richmond race (which I had recorded), my wife interupted me.
“I think the bees are swarming,” she said.
“Nah,” it’s just an orientation flight.
Then I looked. The bees were swarming. A huge cloud of bees hung over our back yard, and the next door neighbors and the back yard neighbors. I went out and stood in the midst of the swarm. A fabulous experience. The noise wasn’t deafening but it was a grand white noise of humming.
I stood and enjoyed it about 2 minutes before I started to grab some items: a wool shirt, gloves, a box, a brush.
The bees were settling on a fence post in our back alley. When most of them had formed a clump about the size of two footballs, I shook them into the box. I did this a few times to make sure I had the queen and after about an hour most of the bees that had filled three yards squeezed themselves into a little hive box I had that is not much bigger than a box new boots come in.
I took them up to Alpha Hive and placed them their. This queen is the daughter or granddaughter of the original Alpha Hive. I guess even it could be the queen that was cast off from Alpha Hive. That’s cool.
Because rain was coming and I didn’t want to traumatize them anymore, I just left the small box on Alpha Hive. It’s laced with some lemon grass oil and a bar of old comb. They should like it until I move them into Alpha 2.0.