Our first swarm of the year amazingly coincided with the Atlantic Coast Friends of the Bees meeting at our apiary on Sunday 22nd May. The meeting started at 10.30 and the Posties began to swarm half an hour later. What incredible timing!
|Angie touching the swarm|
|Mick carrying the swarm over to the nucleus box|
|Watching the swarm enter the nucleus box|
For the full effect, watch the 2 videos, Part 1 and Part 2.
Here is the link to the video Part 1which was taken and edited by Angie:
Here is the link to Part 2 which was filmed on our camera by Angie and with extra footage by Vendela. Sue edited it.
The Paddies then swarmed 2 days later. We caught this swarm too which settled in one of our pine trees. This one was a bit trickier as they were in the fork of 3 thick branches. We hived them in our 3' hive as we are going to keep these and have named them The Paddypines.
|Deciding how we are going to catch these|
|Casper 'helping' with the wheelbarrow|
The Dolphins left it until 3 days later to swarm. Again, we caught the swarm which was in another pine tree. This time it was on a thin branch, so fairly easy.
The Posties and the Dolphins swarms are now at their new homes and things have settled down at the apiary. We had one more swarm this week, which we think was a cast from The Paddies. We caught it with some difficulty and hived it on the second attempt. However, they absconded the next day. We think the queen, which was probably a virgin, might have flown off during the capture.
We have also had several swarm calls, but they have either turned out to be bumble bees, were in too difficult places for us to tackle, were too far away, or someone else got there first.
We still have several people on our list of people wanting swarms so hopefully we will get some more calls.
Meanwhile we are up to 4 good colonies here at Nectan's Meadow Apiary.