Today I went out into the chicken/goose yard and surprise!
A small colony of bees have moved into my previously dead and completely empty hive.
This is a very bad shot, but the best I could get considering how ultra busy they were. I didn’t want to get stung!
I had watched with sadness last month, after finding all my bees in a pile on the ground in front of the hive, as robber bees came and completely cleaned out the honey stores. I checked later and they left nothing.
So imagine my surprise today when I saw all these bees flying about the yard, and these girls busily cleaning house!
I did a bit of research on swarming in August, and found that it is actually called absconding. Apparently it happens when the hive is not happy in its current conditions. After looking about for a suitable new home, they take all their honey, store it in their bodies and GO!
Of course, I am not 100% certain that this is what is going on but I will be keeping a close watch on my little hive to see what happens over the next few days. If they are truly staying, then I will take more pictures in the morning when it is cooler and they are more relaxed.
In the meantime, here are some interesting words on the difference between swarming and absconding —> HERE
Are any other WordPress users less than enchanted with the changes to composing a new post?
My main complaint is this: That if you try to preview the post you end up right back at the draft page and the POST BUTTON IS REPLACED WITH THE UPDATE BUTTON.
The only save I could find was to copy the entire post, go to generate another ‘New Post’ and plunk it down in the window, re-title, and lordluvaduck do not touch that preview button! Grrr…
If you know a better way, would you please leave me a comment with instructions or point me to a page with complete instructions?
THANK YOU. 😉