Suprise, Suprise! A Swarm Shows Up

A swarm of honey bees sitting in a tree

I was waiting for my brother-in-law to show up today so that we could do a hive inspection, when I spotted a tree on the edge of my property that had lots of bees flying arround it. Upon closer inspection, I found a swarm of bees hanging in the tree. My first thought was, “Oh crap, my hive swarmed”.

After looking at my hives, it was pretty apparent that neither of the hives had swarmed, but they did need to have supers put on as soon as possible to help prevent swarming.

Bearding on the front of my hive.

My brother-in-law helped me get the swarm into a cardboard box with an entrance cut in the side and set it back in the tree.  The last I checked on it, there were plenty of bees coming a going and a couple that looked like they were on guard duty.  Hopefully, I will have a new hive from this. If so,  I will need to order more hive bodies for the hive.

If the information we were able to find is correct, there should be another hive nearby.  I don’t think there is another beekeeper that these bees could have come from, so there is a chance I may be able to expand my hives to a total of four.  I can always hope.

Update:

Looks like the hive went on and found a home elsewhere.  Oh well, nothing I can do now.  It’s the one that got away…

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