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amymeme
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PostSubject: Another Surprise...   Another Surprise... EmptyTue Jul 01, 2014 9:20 am

I'm posting this in the gardening forum since bees are pollinators and without them we would have no gardens...

Yesterday, in my orderly (as orderly as it gets Razz ) day, Wayne comes in and tells me I may have a bee problem - he's been out painting the lawn plantain with roundup Rolling Eyes and is hearing all sorts of buzzing behind the garage. Sure enough - a huge cloud of bees with some already balling up on a branch of buckthorn! About 10-12 ft up in the tree. I'm sorry I did not take pictures from the beginning, but I wanted to capture them before they left.

I grabbed my veil and gloves, the nucleus hive box I am supposed to return from the bees I bought in May, some extra frames I had laying around, the frame feeder for the nuc box and the loppers. Husband helped me get a 15 foot section of extension ladder and we went to work - and kudos to the hubby: He has had very little to do with the bees, other than shelling out over $500 for equipment and bees (and still waiting for his honey Laughing ). He has no veil, no suit and was dressed only in scrubs. But he was in the thick of things with me since the tree, though high, was young and the ladder placement...well, let's just say, was precarious confused He told me later, it was quite difficult to just stand there with the bees flying all around, many crawling on him and not run for the hills (I had assured him that honeybees in a swarm are very docile, intent only on getting into a new home - a fact I have read, but my experience is thin).

Here are the pics:

This is the tree they landed in - the orange circle shows the crotch that one side of the ladder sat in - the other side of the ladder was sort of just laying against some smaller branches - I really do not know what I was thinking Another Surprise... 1625187496 The purple circles show the limbs that I cut off to bring the mass of bees down the ladder.
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This is the nucleus hive box that I'm using to temporarily house the bees (which means that over the next 2 weeks, I have to build another hive.)
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This shows the bees both twitching their butts to broadcast scent to locate the hive and the bees entering the hive for the first time:
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This shows the bees entering through the actual hive entrance for the first time. That they are entering the hive is a good sign that I have captured the queen and the hive will be viable. (At least, so I have read Very Happy )
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This picture shows the inside of the hive box - on the left, the black thing with bees all over it is the frame feeder - that is filled with a 1:1 sugar to water syrup for feeding the bees. To the left are 4 frames with a wax coated plastic foundation stamped with the outline of honeycomb. Bees use this to build there comb into which they both raise their young and store honey and pollen.
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This is the inside of the top cover - still covered with bees as they enter and explore their new home:
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The only difference between this nucleus hive and a full size hive is size - once they have drawn comb on the foundation and filled at least 2 frames with eggs and larvae (called brood), maybe some honey, I will move these frames into a large hive box that holds 10 frames. Thus begins a new hive.

I still cannot believe I climbed that ladder into the buckthorn (I'm not keen on heights) and that hubby actually stood there in that cloud of bees, no veil and in short sleeves!
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PostSubject: Re: Another Surprise...   Another Surprise... EmptyTue Jul 01, 2014 10:41 am

I am so incredibly jealous. Not about having to climb the tree, though heights don't bother me, but that you get to have bees. I want a couple hives so bad but hubby hates bugs in general and doesn't want them anywhere near the house, so I must wait until we have a little more space. My best friend has four hives and loves it.

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PostSubject: Re: Another Surprise...   Another Surprise... EmptyTue Jul 01, 2014 11:08 am

wow! I cant even let a bee fly passed my head without freaking out!!!
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Female Join date : 2012-12-29
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PostSubject: Re: Another Surprise...   Another Surprise... EmptyTue Jul 01, 2014 1:46 pm

Holy BEES!!!  affraid 
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Female Join date : 2009-05-29
Location : Denver, CO

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PostSubject: Re: Another Surprise...   Another Surprise... EmptyTue Jul 01, 2014 1:59 pm

SWEET!!! when hubby gets his honey send me some! that is a crazy story to get some bees, good work

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PostSubject: Re: Another Surprise...   Another Surprise... EmptyTue Jul 01, 2014 4:23 pm

That's really neat! I wish more people could do this.
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PostSubject: Re: Another Surprise...   Another Surprise... EmptyTue Jul 01, 2014 4:49 pm

That is so cool! I couldn't do it, but it's so awesome to see and read about the process.

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PostSubject: Re: Another Surprise...   Another Surprise... EmptyTue Jul 01, 2014 8:07 pm

O.k. short story made longer than it needs to be. In the movie ""Fried Green Tomatoes" Mary Stuart Mastersons character "Idgy" collects honey from a "wild" hive in a hollow tree. The behind the scene story is that the stunt girl that was suppose to do the shot quit on the spot, Stuart Masterson talked the with the "bee wrangler" and decided she was game to do scene herself, and somehow the studio allowed her to do it. If you haven't seen the movie give it a try.
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PostSubject: Re: Another Surprise...   Another Surprise... EmptyTue Jul 01, 2014 9:19 pm

Hughie, I absolutely LOVE that movie!

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PostSubject: Re: Another Surprise...   Another Surprise... EmptyTue Jul 01, 2014 9:56 pm

@Hughie wrote:
O.k. short story made longer than it needs to be.  In the movie ""Fried Green Tomatoes" Mary Stuart Mastersons character "Idgy" collects honey from a "wild" hive in a hollow tree.  The behind the scene story is that the stunt girl that was suppose to do the shot quit on the spot, Stuart Masterson talked the with the "bee wrangler" and decided she was game to do scene herself, and somehow the studio allowed her to do it.  If you haven't seen the movie give it a try.  

Great movie, Hughie - but I don't remember the scene. Bees in swarm mode are really docile. Even most of the time they are quite benign...unless you have southern bees that have been africanized affraid 
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PostSubject: Re: Another Surprise...   Another Surprise... EmptyTue Jul 01, 2014 10:24 pm

Awesome! Smile We have bee hives at work and I'm always watching the bee keepers do their work. They are so used to the bees... He says he gets stung a few times every day but it doesn't bother him. Honey bees don't have a particularly painful sting so it isn't that big of a deal.
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PostSubject: Re: Another Surprise...   Another Surprise... EmptyWed Jul 02, 2014 12:30 am

I'm a little scared of bees, but I have to say, this is pretty incredible!
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PostSubject: Re: Another Surprise...   Another Surprise... EmptyWed Jul 02, 2014 10:16 am

I LOVE that movie!
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PostSubject: Re: Another Surprise...   Another Surprise... EmptyThu Jul 03, 2014 9:15 am

Great scene and phenomenal movie!

Thanks for sharing the story! How interesting Smile

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