Monday, March 12, 2012

Swarm Season 2012- Sunday March 11th.

While creating a swarm lure on my back deck, I witnessed an amazing actual swarm.  Ironic, I know.
I am apparently a week behind schedule as I didn't plan to do my splits until next weekend.  But I quickly caught up.  The swarm pushed me into action, and now I have 6 hives, not four.

1)  Hive Kawaii:  This is hive #1.  This hive swarmed, so it is now a queenless hive.  Numbers are strong and with 4 supers completely drawn.  Eggs were present, so they have the ability to rear a queen.  Drone bees present too.  I did not go all the way through the hive, but checked top 2 supers only.  Started feeding b feeder on 3/12.

2) Hive Ohau.  This is hive #2.  I did not check this hive.  One deep, one medium super.  Moderate activity at the entrance.  Need to check this one.

3).  Hive Molokai.  Hive number 3, with back to the fence. This is the swarm from Kawaii.  Bottom medium is empty with a few empty frames.  This is the box I caught them in from behind the fence.  I took a medium with several drawn combs, with brood, honey and pollen and put on the top.  Started feeding sugar water with b. feeder on 3/12.

4).  Hive Maui.  Hive number 4.  I did not check this hive.  moderate numbers at the entrance.  4 mediums.

5). Hive Lanai.  One deep and one medium.  Has eggs, and fully drawn combs of pollen and honey.  Strong numbers.  I assume this one is queenless from the split.  Activity at this hive is lower than usual.  I assume bees are heavy at Hawaii because the queen is probably there.  Need to check for a queen cells in a week possibly.

6).  Hive Hawaii.  One deep.  Strong numbers.  Eggs, honey and pollen.  Split from Lanai and put right next door.  But large numbers returning to this hive, possibly due to the fact that the queen is there.  Will check next weekend to check for eggs or a queen cell. 

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