Grand Entrance for Grand Kids Log Hive
May 15, 2015 by solarbeez
I was beginning to think the swarms were not going to materialize. I thought maybe I wasn’t trying hard enough to entice a swarm to look over the log hive. I decided to step up my game plan. Kids like honeycomb and I know bees like honeycomb. I cut off a small piece for each kid (after sampling it myself first, of course).
My wife was busy working in the greenhouse. She could hear the swarm coming from over the trees. She ran into the print shop to alert me. I grabbed my camera while they were descending in the area by the log hive. I groaned…”not another little swarm” as that’s exactly what it looked like. But that was only the advance party. As they started landing on the log, more and more of them floated down, landing on the log hive, but waiting to enter. My wife wondered if the honeycomb was in the way. Ha ha, I agreed and popped it into my mouth. 🙂
5-13-15…I don’t know if it was because of the honeycomb or the spacious accommodations, but this swarm came to stay.
It was unclear exactly when this second swarm came along, but it wasn’t much later, probably less than half an hour. It was another big one. At first I wondered if the first one had decided to back out, but I checked the probe thermometer which showed 76F.
Internal temp at 76F at 5:20 pm. That means the original swarm is still in there.
The next day, the second swarm is still ‘hanging out.’ They hung around until about 3:15 pm when I was collecting ANOTHER big swarm, this time from Bee-atrice log hive. (When you’re hot, you’re hot!)
Temperature at 80F (26C). After the swarm left at about 3:15 pm, you can see wax flakes. (The bees were all ready to build comb in this hive, I felt bad for them)
Brian Vorwaller, you did an beautiful job sculpting my grand kids faces on the log.
This video shows the play-by-play of the Grand Entrance of the swarm into the Grand Kids Log Hive
The set up…before bees
Bee Beard Log Hive is BACK!