Sunday was Earth Day and we did our part by saving a swarm of bees in Mountain View. The neighborhood has a lot of children so it was great, I was able to answer some questions regarding our gentle honeybees and showed them the queen bee. Here’s a photo of the swarm before we started hiving them.
Here’s our queen bee. I’m sure this was an after swarm and this is a new queen. She will get much larger when she mates.
And this is the mother hive that the swarm came from. It’s across the street from where the swarm landed. This colony has been living in the attic space for about 6 months or so. I’m sure it swarmed a few times and possible more as it’s still very active.
The swarm was hived into this cute Top Bar Hive (TBH) that Susan of Berkeley brought down yesterday.
This TBH nuc has eight top bars. Right now one of them contains the follower board.
Thanks Stacy for calling us to save our local honeybees! It was great having the company of the neighbors and kids.