Hive #1 Swarms

June 1, 2010

The grandgirls and I were digging garden beds when, at 1:30 in the afternoon, we heard lots of loud buzzing and saw bees coming from the oldest hive. We watched with amazement as thousands and thousands of bees soared above the tree tops. We continued digging and watching, and after perhaps 20 minutes, we realized it was quiet. Where were all those bees? We found then 20 feet up in an oak tree, clustered around a 4-inch limb. And, yup, it looked like a swarm of bees! Checking the hive from which they had emerged, we saw "business as usual". I think if we had not seen and heard the swarm leave, we might never have known they were gone. Now, how could we get all those bees back? In my mind's eye, I saw HONEY flying away.....