Last weekend was filled by getting some used hive equipment as well as attempting to repair the main computer here at the LetMBee homestead. Come to find out, I was also catching bees, and didn’t need to leave the house to do it! On Sunday evening I was on facebook to see if I had any messages. I’ve been hitting up any and all of my computer-nerd friends for advice associated with the current computing problems. Low and behold there was a message stating that Trap 25 had been occupied on Saturday 6/9 sometime in the afternoon.
Two swarms came from that site last year. The first on 7/1/11 (Hive 1107) was just your run of the mill swarm call, the second was a swarm that entered a trap on 8/7/11 failed to overwinter. There is an old barn located about a mile away from the site that has been inhabited by bees for twenty years according to the trap host. 1107 overwintered in two deeps, started out slow this spring, but it’s now a booming hive of bees housed in three 10-frame Langstroth deeps. Currently they have two supers atop of them as well. So much for the old saying that a swarm from July isn’t worth a fly. They have not been checked since 5/25, but I’m sure things are coming along. They were fed nothing last year and won’t need feeding this year either.
This is not the first time I have been alerted to a swarm via facebook. I don’t know or really understand what people do on there most of the time, but I have seen the benefit of having an account. If your “friends” know you are interested in bees, facebook can potentially help in getting some relocated to your apiary. Also in the event you get that swarm call make sure you ask if you can put a swarm trap up. I’ve had 5 occupied traps so far this summer in locations I went on swarm calls last year. Just something to be thinking about……
Who knows, perhaps it could be Karma telling me to get a Facebook Fan Page up for the LetMBee Blog.