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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Wild and crazy bees

Came home to bees swirling all around Destin....hope they are not about to swarm. Maybe new brood is orienting to the hive - I hope so! I also could hear a moaning sound on my deck. The moaning came from a young squirrel sitting under the window of my sunporch - wonder if the girls had stung him?

Since the bees were extremely active, I posted the message below on the Beemaster forum:

I work all day every day and am home to wave good-bye to the bees as they begin their foraging for the day and then in the evening as they are gathering back at the hive.

Today I came home at 4 PM and there is crazy activity at one of my hives. Many bees are swirling in and out of the hive and buzzing loudly.

Perhaps this is new brood orienting to the hive - they seem to be flying up, turning around and looking at the hive and making huge circles.

Am I in for a swarm or is it something that probably happens every day and I'm just not here for it.

BTW, it isn't happening at my other less vigorous (more peaceful) hive.

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