The bees are "prison escapees," said Marty. They'd been living in a tree in a prison yard across town and had overwintered, as it had for several years, inside the chunk of cottonwood at the farm. Marty transferred the bees into the nuc (a 13-bar hive) this Spring, but when he was ready to move them into a full-size hive, the farm staff asked him to postpone the move 'til June when they had an event going on. That's a lot to ask of a bursting nuc and it swarmed. So we have the bees that stayed behind and their young queen.
Once the nuc is settled into the Backyard, we'll put up pictures. For now, we'll leave you with pictures of the windowed hives at Delaney Farm, so you can have see for yourself what a hive might look like in early Winter.
|The Demonstration Hive swarmed in June 2009. Silver Spoon!|