We noticed a swarm yesterday coming from the direction of the neighbors apiary. We banged some pots together to get them to ball up. It was a very small swarm and it settled in a tree overhanging my side apiary. The neighbor checked her hive but found nothing to indicate the swarm came from her bees. I was confident it wasn't from my yard as all the hive have plenty of open space in them (Ha!). There are three other apiaries within a mile of our two. We all thought the bees came from somewhere else.
|Swarm in a Sourwood tree|
I need to find out when an existing queen swarms in relation to the emergence of the new stay behind queen.
The brood patterns in the nest was weak & spotty but that's the nature of brood during a swarm event. I'll check in a week to see if i can find eggs. The new queen was enlarged and good size. It may be her that made the larva i saw.
|New Queen ready to be marked|
|The culprit cell|
This should not have been a surprise AND I should have bee looking out for this. Both nucs that were combined to make this large nuc were from swarms! So I essentially Doubled Down on the swarming bet. I'm going to start keeping better, visual, track of how my colonies formed. These aren't bees. They're swarm monkeys.
|...and then there was this guy|