Several months passed since the installation of the swarm box in May. Jana's frequent visits and inspections of the box reported no activity. Jana was sad.
However, on a positive note, Jana's hive at the Country Club is doing well. You can follow the update on the Country Club Page.
But the swarm box did not grab the bees' attention..... Until....
As of the end of July, the box has new tenants. I received an excited and upbeat call from Jana. Bees have moved in.... YES.
Ouhaha.. Beekeeping runs in the family... A proud "Papa" and "his" bees...
Well, not much change to report on this swarm. They have accepted and started building on the 5 frames added in the bottom box. Another box will be needed soon.. If they keep on going like that they have a healthy chance of survival during the winter... We'll see...
The queen still has not been spotted but eggs, larvae and brood were present. Solid pattern too...
Jana, her son and his Fiancee... A true family affair.....
The swarm in numbers:
The queen has not been spotted, but eggs and larvae are the signature of a well mated queen.
It is a good size swarm, about 5 pounds of bees or 10,000 bees.
Let's hope they will be able to grow in numbers before the winter in order to have a good chance at surviving the cold winter and enough time to store enough Honey to feed on during the cold months.
A good size swarm has elected to take residence in the swarm box and this makes Jana very happy!
A swarm occupied the entire top box. (frames were added to the bottom box during inspection.)
The bees are calm and gentle. (Always an unknown when catching a swarm as the provenance and the genetics of the bees are unknown.
The event was a huge success.... Very well organized and hosted so nicely.... I believe everyone had a great time and found a new passion if not respect for the Honey Bees.
Jana did an awesome job at organizing the event, here is the invitation..
The entrance hole shows a lot of activity.
Girls are bringing in Yellow pollen. A good sign that an active queen is laying...
Another Great event in the books, Organized by Jana..
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Jana's invites are wonderful events. It always a pleasure to speak to her guests, and the setting is Delightful...
Jana's is a proud "Mother" of a swarm of bees. Their hive is attached to their home... (the beehive is almost an extension of their house...)
She is very proud and rightfully so of this honey bee swarm.
I had the honor of being invited to Jana's house for dinner...
I, as well as the girls had a great time and enjoyed excellent food, wine, and company...
Some guests were invited as well, and of course Jana got to show off her swarm. We enjoyed appetizers merely feet away from the hive. The convives were amazed that the bees did not bother them and seemed impervious to our presence. In all honesty, the bees could have cared less about us; they just went about their job like any other day.
Of course , we checked that box; this late swarm is doing good. I am hopeful that they will bring their numbers up sufficiently to survive the winter. Only time will tell. Some feeding will be necessary however to give them a good chance of survival.
Next is prepping the hive for the winter...
Jana is a member of the Country Club of Detroit.
She is very engaged and interested in saving the bees.
Therefore, she is a leading hive "owner" at the Country Club, and she has spurred a lot of interest there. Watch out for the expansion planned for 2018! Chef Brian has big plans...
But Jana also wanted a hive on her property!
So in May, we installed and baited a swarm box. Can you spot it in the picture?