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Bee swarm

bee swarm in a tree

Half our bees decided to swarm away yesterday after lunch.

A little too high up in a tree to safely capture the queen, but luck was on our side and it rained enough to make them go back home.

Now we have to figure out how to split the hive before they take off again.

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I'm curious why you think the swarm returned to the hive. In my experience that would be pretty unusual. Two queens won't tolerate each other in the same hive.
Comment by W. Wed Jun 3 22:25:31 2015

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