An surprising arrival | Adventuresinbeeland’s Weblog

I might left some tools behind within the previous location I used to maintain bees, and hadn’t obtained round to shifting it but. Some new guests took benefit of this des res – a brood field with a couple of frames in, a flooring, and an inspection board performing as a roof, all piled up on prime of a load of empty tools. They’re towards a wall and have a hedge and timber the opposite facet, offering shelter from the Cornish rain, and – in the previous few days – the Cornish solar!

I used to be stunned at how giant a swarm it was. A few weeks on, the brood field is filled with bees. On my first inspection, I regarded for eggs however discovered none. I crammed within the empty areas within the field with new frames of basis. I inspected once more 4 days later and was completely happy to identify larvae.

The subsequent job to do is transfer them to the identical location as my different bees. The swarm is very fortunate as my sole remaining colony, headed up by Queen Oilel (named by reader Disperser), appears to be queenless (or at the least, she has stopped laying if she’s there). Sorry Emilio, your Queen did not final lengthy.

The swarm earlier than I crammed within the gaps with frames

I found a couple of fats slugs dwelling within the nook of the brood field, which I ejected for the bees, utilizing my hive device to choose them up and gently place them elsewhere. I then needed to change my hive device, as sadly I found bees get caught to slug slime! Which is presumably why the slugs get away with it.

The bees have been profiting from the attractive sunshine after the rain. On my final go to that they had bulging gentle grey pollen baskets – I imagine from blackberry brambles. Honey bees and bumbles will also be noticed having fun with clover for the time being.

Clover

In my backyard, campanula has been highly regarded, attracting honey bees but in addition extra uncommon small solitary bees a 3rd of the scale of the massive honeys. In case you look intently beneath you’ll be able to spot a honey bee nestled in one of many flowers. The campanula self-seeds and drapes itself daintily in all places, appears needing barely any soil in any respect.

Campanula

About Emily Scott

I’m a UK beekeeper who has lately moved from London to windswept, moist Cornwall. I first began preserving bees within the Ealing Beekeepers Affiliation’s native apiary in 2008, once I created this weblog as a report for myself of my varied beekeeping associated disasters and – hopefully! – future successes.