What is This? An Overlarge Queen?

What did I find outside a nucleus hive a few weeks ago?


A New Spring and a New Hive

The start of a new Spring and bees are coming out in the warmer weather. Some hives are already on the way to making new queens and preparing to swarm. Rainfall this Perth winter has been good so we expect there to be substantial flora and abundant blossoming all over the entire state.

This picture shows a perfect habitat for a new swarm in a new box surrounded by beautiful bush flowers.015


A new swarm for a new Spring. The season’s swarming commenced from late August and now that the weather is warming up, the swarming should increase through September and October. Time will tell what kind of a season it will be in terms of Spring blossoms and their nectar flow, so highly dependent on rainfall over the winter months.

Where Do Bees Not Choose to Live?

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You’d be surprised where a swarm of bees can lodge. This is a patio heater which had a tarpaulin cover thus making a perfect home sheltered from the elements and providing a structure for the bees to build their comb. It’s important too that the place chosen was not in the direct sun otherwise come summer time , it could get a little too hot for the bees.