Adventures in Beekeeping: Early morning “inspection”

Posted by on June 6, 2013 at 6:22 am.

Some of you might be curious as to how my honeybees are faring this morning. I installed the honeybees yesterday. They’re in a brand-new location far from the apiary in Georgia. They also have a new queen…

Warre hive - early morning view_1

Warre hive around 5:30 a.m. All the honeybees are inside.

 

This morning, around 5:30 a.m., I checked on them and as I suspected none of them were flying around outside. I didn’t panic and think they had absconded.

Honeybees in the early morning

See all the honeybees in this large cluster? They’re around the queen.

 

 

When I removed the observation window cover this is what I saw, the honeybees clustered around their queen. You can’t see her in that pile but she’s there. I’d say that they’ve accepted her.

Warre hive - early morning view_2

Our Warre hive is hidden by foilage

 

My Warre hive is partially hidden by all the foliage, if you’re walking down our dirt road you’d eventually see the hive but without an invite there would be no reason to be on our road.  Fallen trees block the dirt path that leads to woods,  which is still on our property.

Later today, I’ll be heading to Richardson Farms with the sole purpose of acquiring more plants that I know honeybees love. Also on the list will be herbs that repel mosquitos; Argeratum, Catnip, Citronella,  Horsemint and Marigolds.

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