After an earlier post about a swarm on the ground, I received word of an even more precariously positioned colony in search of a home. This one settled in the road just outside of the local Mercy Care clinic in Mount Vernon. Someone on their way for a blood test posted the vulnerable bees on Facebook, and one of those folks texted me regarding their whereabouts. While I don’t go chasing many swarms, especially after July 1, I decided to take a box and prevent a lot of crushed exoskeletons. I saw the queen in this one and put her in the box, so hopefully she has already begun to lay eggs.
They are now setting up house in front of my farmstand along the highway. I should at least gain a box of drawn foundation, even if it is too late to hope for honey.
On the building front, the transformation continues. The wall outlets are installed and the steel is up! The walk-in doors and equipment alignment are up next.