B.. Shit

Observed one of my hives this morning and suddenly saw thousands of house bees emerge and take flight in lazy spirals round the hive and yard. It’s the bee’s ablution flight. This takes place at the nicest time of the day weatherwise and for ten minutes or so. Many of...

Requeening a spring swarm hive

I collected a medium size swarm a week ago which issued from a local backyard hive. It was 10 m from its home hive on the trunk of a small apple tree 1m off the ground. I shook them into a cardboard box  then had a beer with the owner  as they all marched...