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Bees and unseasonably cold weather

May, 30 2011

Bees and unseasonably cold weather

The weather has been cool and wet here on the coast. As a result I found one of our smaller colonies, caught as a cast swarm a few weeks ago, with a lot of brood in all stages, some pollen and no nectar or honey to feed the colony. The fact that I could not find the queen at first and found 2 eggs in some cells complicated things even more. Thinking that the hive might have become queen less, I started preparations to combine it with another colony.

At the last moment I decided to do one final search and alas, there she was scurrying from one side of the frame to the back. Relieved by the sight of this beautiful, young queen the course of action changed. From the hive adjacent I took a frame of nectar plus a fair amount of capped honey and transferred it over to the starving colony. With a few days of sunshine and many workers about to hatch, adding to the work force, things should look up by the end of next week.