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Offline TwoHoneys

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A cut out and a mystery
« on: April 19, 2012, 08:34:02 AM »
I promised JP (who kindly talked me through this cut out yesterday morning) some pictures.

We found this hive at the front of a home deep in the floor joists between the first and second floors, so we removed it from the ceiling. Fortunately, the homeowner hired a contractor for the deconstruction and reconstruction because the job eventually got odd.

After this removal, we tackled what we thought was a second hive...also between the first and second floor joist but at the rear of the home. We immediately located 3 very fresh combs of honey and a few bees. No brood, no queen, no nothing. We removed the comb, and I sprayed Bee Quick to see if any other bees were hiding somewhere. Maybe 100 bees left through the entrance and clung to the outside brick.

I thought the remainder of this hive may be between living in the space between an ajoining stud, so we cut a small hole...nothing. I used the laser heat-sensor thingy...nothing. We put our ears to the walls, to the ceiling, to the floor...nothing. At the homeowner's request, we cut a hole between the ajoining floor joists...nothing. We went upstairs and cut a hole between wall studs above...nothing. A few holes later...still nothing. We removed some siding from the outside of the house...nothing.

I kept thinking that if I were JP or Hardwood, I could probably find this hive, but I'm not JP or Hardwood, and I never told anyone I could locate any hidden bees. I simply said I would remove the bees we found. So, we stuffed insulation everywhere and closed it up.

Friends: Why would we have found only 3 very new combs of honey when the homeowner says those bees have been there for months?

-Liz

P.S. These pictures do not show how messy this thing got. We're in such a honey flow right now that this thing was honey honey honey everywhere.





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Re: A cut out and a mystery
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2012, 09:14:01 AM »
Nice pics and does look pretty messy! :shock  :shock:
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Re: A cut out and a mystery
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2012, 02:12:58 PM »
Good job! I couldn't say about the small colony without looking at it but do you think it could have been an after swarm and the virgin queen didn't make it back from mating??

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Re: A cut out and a mystery
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2012, 02:16:08 PM »
Hope you had some plastic down on the floor.  Great job.  No ideas other than Scott's conclusion on the mystery bees.

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Re: A cut out and a mystery
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2012, 03:49:57 PM »
I'll go with the virgin-queen-that-never-returned theory, Scott. Thanks.

And, yes, beyondthesidewalks, the contractor thought to cover the floor with rosin paper. Thank goodness. Ugh.

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Re: A cut out and a mystery
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2012, 05:05:58 PM »
Great job and great pics.

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Re: A cut out and a mystery
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2012, 08:44:11 PM »
add a stack of 4X4 tarps to your kit  :-D  don't think you can have to many of those on hand! 

new comb and no queen?  wonder if the bees drifted back to the original hive if/when the queen didn't make it back.
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