Update: 14 August 2007 – Bees gone! See comments.
T. who I met through the Guerrilla Gardening Meetup Group asked me if I could host a bee hive in my garden. My house neighbours said okay in exchange for some honey.
They arrived tonight….
A Boy Bee
T[apprentice] & S[teacher]
There are bees in both boxes. The cardboard box contains a swarm with a virgin queen. S wants the bees outside to go inside and to stop the established bees from killing the new ones, she sprays the swarm with a mixture of sugar water and vanilla.
The old bees will lick the vanilla mixture off the new bees because they taste good and be accepted as friends.
In just over a day the swarm started building a honeycomb
Here they are at the entrance of their new home
Eventually they will get inside
Another view of the honeycomb they made
Daylight pics to be added in a few days….