New swarm- missed by a brunch

On sunday, 19th, May, Harry’s daughter, Carla called him to the wooded copse at the border by the apiary.  She had noticed a large number of bees coming and going from one of the bushes.  Harry further investigated and saw a  substantial swarm of bees on a branch and immediately surmised that this was a swarm from one of our hives.  Harry rang Melvin who was watching the football and supping ale with a friend.  The football was due to finish within the hour and so Harry arranged to collect Melvin at 1830 hours, to deal with the swarm together.  Harry was called from his observation vigil by the lure of a late afternoon brunch and so by the time Melvin was suited and booted the swarm was long gone!  Harry was most disappointed in our loss, but comforted by the fact that we both realise that the swarming of the bees is the most natural thing in the world.  We are further heartened that we trust they will have travelled to find a new home and mating will take place with reasonably far off drones from other colonies, hence, avoiding ‘inbreeding’ and hopefully building up natural resistance to disease.   We had been very pleased that, against the odds, all three of our colonies, which had been collected as swarms last year, had made it through the winter.  They had been very active foraging in local gardens before the recent onset of the rapeseed fields nearby.  We have grave concerns as to the devastating affect that the possible neonicotinoid coated rape will have on the health of our colonies.

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passionate about bees, permaculture and biodiversity.....and plymouth Argyle F.C.
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2 Responses to New swarm- missed by a brunch

  1. itsonlyausername says:

    Nice to know everyone seems to be having much fun with swarms. Certainly heartening to know that despite the cold extended winter they have all managed to do some catching up.

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  2. Ours swarmed on the last day of May; Robin climbed the neighbour’s garage roof and put the swarm in a temporary recycle box according to procedure. I made a phenomenal number of calls to Gareth who advised us. Sadly they absconded 4 hours later, probably due to the heat. We saw them leave and fly over East Oxford just as we were getting ready to walk them into the Warre bait hive. Linda (who was going to take the swarm off us recommended to try a skep next time). Helle

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