The bees + the swarms + bee-sharing

This year, with two hives, we saw more swarms.

DSC_0131-smallThis one, was the first one from our top hive, in the back yard.

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Here’s a video I took.  You can hear a little the bees flying, but nothing really compared to being in the middle of it.  I recommend it, if you are not allergic to bee stings, or don’t mind getting a little closer.  I haven’t gotten stung watching them.  It’s just amazing.

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I love how intense it is.  The sound, I find it paralizing.

DSC_0144-small DSC_0145-smallIncredible.

DSC_0146-small DSC_0159-smallJust totally incredibly amazing.

DSC_0160-small DSC_0161-smallFirst of all.  How do they decide where to swarm to.  How do they all communicate with each other.  How do they know when to go.  How can they hang on to each other in this huge, very huge mass, from one branch.

DSC_0165-smallMark decided he was able to get this swarm down.  We have some friends that built a hive and were ready for them.

DSC_0166-smallSo they got up there.

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So much fun to see them calm and working together getting all these bees in a box.  Making sure they get the queen.

DSC_0198-small DSC_0199-small DSC_0201-smallJustin making sure he got all his new ladies (and gentlemen.)

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One more bunch and they got almost all the bees.  Great work!

DSC_0222-smallAnd time to take them fast to their new home.  Bee-sharing, a great thing.

One more video of Justin and Mark shaking the tree to get the bees into the box.  Hoping the queen got in there and knowing later on, it had.  Almost all the bees were taken to their new home at Justin’s.  Bye ladies!  I’m sure you’ll be well taken cared of.

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7 thoughts on “The bees + the swarms + bee-sharing

  1. Justin May 22, 2013 / 4:31 pm

    I had so much fun doing this. It seems some buy sports cars and cheat on their wives for a rush, I instead want to be in the middle of a bee swarm.

  2. NaturallyFunDays : Marcela May 22, 2013 / 9:09 pm

    Hi Justin. I know… it’s a good thing to do instead of the other choices 🙂 And it is so neat to see you and Mark (someone else) work with the bees. I’ll stay ‘on this side’ of the camera for now. I enjoy watching from a little further away. Sounds like you are having as much fun as Mark is with these cool bees. Hope your bees are doing well and enjoying their new home.

  3. seeker May 22, 2013 / 10:17 pm

    This is just great. Did you get a picture of the Queen Bee?

  4. Woolly Muses May 27, 2013 / 1:27 pm

    I am glad you were taking those shots…far too close for me. But magnificent photos. Well done.

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