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by Monica Melograna-Ward

We were building up here to a really big medical procedure for a family member within this household/farmette. Friday Night Bees, became Saturday Morning Bees. Saturday Morning Bees became Saturday Afternoon Bees. And now Sunday…

Now that the worst is over, the pathology report is already back, the prognosis is really good, and we can all take a deep breath (while our dear one recovers), I hope that this coming week, FNB will actually happen on Friday Night.

Meanwhile, here on this sunny Sunday morning, I was able to take photos while I went through the process of adding the Queen Bee Excluder Screen back onto the Additional Top Super on our Main Honey Bee Hive.

I had added it in a rush, since I thought our honey bees were getting ready to swarm and leave. It turned out that all that they were doing is reducing the population of the hive. They never moved their overflow up into the super with the excluder on, so I had taken it off.  But they still did not take up residence in the upper partition.

I did not see it happen, but a chunk of worker bees, along with some drones, and the old queen, must have departed (new queens are created by the specialized feeding of larvae just ahead of swarming). You can see, in the following pics, that there is actually a bit of room at the back of the hive now. The back was barely accessible a few weeks ago. This is how I know that some of our bees swarmed themselves away.

But we have plenty of honey bees left!

During our crisis this past week, they did not have their sugar water supplement. I left them to feed themselves 100% on the plethora of flowers in the area. They’re still here and doing really well, despite my lack of tending to them for several days.

Note: One neighbor, that is about 1/10 of a mile up front, said that a few honey bees have visited them on their back stairs. And another neighbor down the road said honey bees seem to be frequenting their yard a bit more than usual. When honey bees are kept, they tend to hover around, closer than usual to, humans. They must be somewhat aware that people can provide a food source. Sometimes they will come buzz around my face, seemingly trying to get my attention.

I have chatted enough now and will let the photographs speak for themselves for the remainder of this blog post article:

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