Thursday, May 24, 2012

The raspberries are in blossom,
and calling in the bumblebees.

The peach and apple trees have bloomed,
and formed their tiny fruitlets.

Yesterday I added another story
to the southernmost hive, Melissapolis,
and today these bees were swarming up to draw out honeycomb upon the beeswax foundation.

In the middle hive it's been a few days since I added a hive body and the queen was already up there laying eggs in the new comb.

I installed the colonies over 3 weeks ago.  The bees that accompanied the queens will gradually die off in the next 2 or 3 weeks, but they've done their work.  The queens' own broods should have begun to hatch by now.