Thursday, April 1, 2010
Out the Window
The queen in her small private screened compartment (black, upside down in the picture) travelled with her own little sugar cube. Bill shook the bees into their new home after her. There is a little marshmallow plug in her compartment, that the bee colony will have to eat through, in order to free her for her queenly duties of egg laying and constant grooming. This yard is the only one he has set up in a valley. He hopes the bees will gather nectar from basswood trees in our woods, which makes a light amber, delicately flavored honey.
No one was stung, not even I taking these pictures without a bee hat on. In fact, standing there in clouds of buzzing honey bees, was strangely elating.