Nooo! Don’t swarm!

July 24, 2004

I was freaked out this past week because I thought the girls were getting ready to bolt. I thought I’d given them such a lovely home, all the sugar syrup they could drink, flowers galore, everything their little hearts desired, and yet, look at that picture! They were crowding out around the entrance well into the evening like they were getting ready to bolt. I felt like half the hive was out.

Well, disaster narrowly averted. Apparently, I had the bottom board flipped into “winter mode”, which meant the height of the opening was smaller. As a result, the girls were just getting overheated. In Seattle! Anyway, I flipped it over to summer mode, giving them better ventilation, and all returned to normal. Whew!

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