Thursday, July 23, 2009

a new home

Continuing the saga of the swarm: it didn't take long - about a few minutes - for the bees to head down into the hive box between the frames. They're exploring the possibility of this new place, probably walking all around the box to measure it and figure out if it will work for them to live in.

Meanwhile, back at the branch, some bees are still trying to cluster, not quite sure what just happened:

They'll eventually figure it out by following the pheromone that the queen releases - they'll find her by smell and join their sisters in setting up house.