Beekeepers try to keep the bees happy so they don't swarm, but it is in their nature, to reproduce at a colony level...tens of thousands of bees starting a new home, and it is really quite amazing. However, the survival rate of unmanaged honeybee colonies is not as high as it should be, but that is a whole other post...concerning imported varroa mite, local adaption, and good genetics. For now, the bees are good and I am doing my best keep up with them!
|Hived Swarm checking out their new home.|
|Ummmm....experimental beekeeping. Cut out a swarm sell and pop it on a frame for a queenless hive? We shall see.|
|Split-o-rama. 3 original hives and 4 swarm prevention splits (plus 1 hived swarm not pictured).|
|Blurry swarm #3 pic. They were REALLY high in a maple tree.|