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Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Center of the Swarm

This is honey in it's purest form. You'll never taste anything sweeter or better than this! Mmmmm I want some right now!

But the reason for this post is to show you this.....I was pulling frames yesterday, getting ready to extract honey, and right after I pulled a couple of frames, the hive I was working in started swarming. Look at the little dots flying all around me.


I grabbed my camera and started snapping pics, but it's hard to see what you are taking pictures of with a bee hat and veil on and it's hard to push the picture button with bee gloves on. I managed a few.


Very amazing to be in the middle of this. I don't think I've ever been in the center of a swarm in the ten years that I've been beekeeping.





Not one sting either....as I've said before, honeybees tend to be gentle while swarming.


This is a small swarm. And not worth breaking my neck to get to. Unfortunately, swarms in the fall tend to not be worth getting unless you have an empty hive full of honey and frames. Most beekeepers do not.


Anyway, I thought you might enjoy being in the center of a swarm!


Cindy Bee

5 comments:

  1. That's pretty darn amazing! Honey bees or not, I think I'd still be afraid. :(

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  2. That is amazing; so glad swarms tend to be gentle and you're okay!

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  3. Oh my! Glad they didn't sting you, but it's a shame they decided to leave. Have all the bees from that hive swarmed? And if so, does that mean there's more honey for you (I guess you'd normally leave some to keep the hive going over the winter?)? Sorry - loads of questions, but it's interesting!!

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  4. you are soo brave..im allergic to bees and avoid them...but i DO LOVE honey..hugs

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  5. We still have that last pint from the wild bees that were extracted from a tree by our driveway that was taken down by a storm. We keep trying to stretch it out for as long as possible. lol Amazing. There's just nothing on the store shelves that comes near the taste from right out of a comb!

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