My husband, Ken, took the most awesome photos yesterday of honeybees on our Hen and Chicks flowers. Our succulents have never bloomed like they are blooming this year, and the bees are loving it!
Please enjoy our other favorite photos from the shoot:
For everyone wondering about our bees… They are in their new box. A generous couple from Alpine who belong to the San Diego Beekeeping Society drove all the way here to Linda Vista and helped us figure out the problem(s).
1. The Queen was NOT in the box with her bees! We located her on a neighbor’s trailer with her troupe of about 50 bees.
2. Another Queen was dead on the ground with a small group of loyal bees.
It appears that a second swarm came into our yard during this last bout of rain and wind. It may have been dislodged from it’s location during the storm. At some point, our Queen left the temporary box. This is why the bees were in mass confusion – they were looking for her!
|This was April 14, 2012. The Queen has left the building.|
We will probably never know what really happened…
Because we thought that the bees were highly agitated due to the wind and rain, and because our neighbor was pretty frightened, Saturday night we moved the temporary box to a location across the yard in a more sheltered area.
Sunday morning it was the same behavior.
We called the couple who gave us the swarm to see if they knew what was going on. They packed up their bee stuff and came over!
They got the hive moved over to the permanent box, captured the Queen and put her in, and lent us a feeder to place in the hive (they were so hungry). The experience was actually thrilling. You should have seen it when they recognized her! I wanted to cry.
Anyway… That’s the short story!
Here is our Flickr stream of all the photos.
UPDATE: Sunday, April 15th
Boo! Same behavior today :( It appears the Queen left again! Our bees are on the way to Alpine to hopefully get integrated with other bees. It is better than having them fly around the neighborhood in confusion until they die…
We will try again in a couple weeks!
I was admiring the sun shining on the borage in the garden this morning, grateful that I live in Southern California. Today, winter feels more like spring.
As I knelt down to take these photos with my mobile phone, this honey bee decided to take advantage of his moment of fame.
What is the purpose of this post? Nothing more than to share my feelings of thanks.
Well, it is the end of October 2011. Somehow when I reach this point in the year, I feel like the year is over. 2012 feels like tomorrow.
I spent a little time this morning piddling around and pondering. Piddling is one of my favorite hobbies. Walking around snapping pictures with my mobile phone, I realized there is lots to look forward to for the next two months. There are plenty of projects that I can do. Note to self: “Quit trying to hurry up the end of year!”
While the East Coast is being barraged by freak snow storm, here in San Diego it is truly “Sunny California.” The sun was shining on my hen and chicks. This reminded me how much I need and want to separate them and pot the starts to give away…
|Hen and chicks. Background: Yarrow, Jalapeño|
Directly below the hen and chicks is where I planted garlic (first time) a couple of weeks ago. I have been staring at the plot for days, willing the shoots through the topsoil… This morning – woo hoo! Hello garlic :) I love the feeling of new life emerging…
Bzzz… Directly behind me were the bees still working the lavender. I love them so much! Trigger happy this morning, I snapped this photo:
|Hello Bee :)|
My husband had made us breakfast, so we went to the back yard to sit and eat. Our kitty was so happy we were outside. She was running around, terrorizing everything. Then she ran around the east side yard and disappeared into the huge, blooming cosmos patch. This is where we placed a piece of driftwood we found in the ocean off the San Diego coastline and decided to integrate it into our rough path. I wondered how the “jungle” looked to kitty:
|Casey must have so much fun exploring!|
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the piddling as much as I did! Have a great week everyone!
Just a couple of shots of bees (actually a bee and a fly)
They were everywhere! Soaking up the sun after the storm we had.
|This is a fly – not a bee. Flies have one pair of wings, bees have two.|
Thanks to @BugLadySuzanne for helping me to identify the top photo as a fly – one pair of wings… As she said – flies are great pollinators, but they rarely get any credit. Good point!
~ Just a day in the life of my garden haven
A swarm of honeybees hit our backyard today!
Our organic garden is going to love it if these bees decide to stick around and make a hive…
Read more about swarming:
What is happening to honey bee research?