Sunday, May 5, 2013

Swarm Call: A Photo Essay

On one of Mark's swarm calls, the kind homeowner took photos of him on her phone (from the safety of the house) and sent them to us. I thought I'd share!

With the wet and cold spring, the bees have really struggled. Mark has had a hard time getting into the hives to work them so we'll probably end up with swarm-offs. We know of at least one -- Mr. Barham called, giddy with excitement, that he'd seen a swarm exit one of our hives and head into the woods. In his 80s, that was the first time he'd seen that natural phenomenon.