Sunday, January 11, 2015

Mosaic Monday #23 When it's Time to Go

A couple of summers ago our daughter pulled into her driveway and when she emerged from her car she could hear a very loud buzzing. She followed the sound to her neighbour's garage and could see a few bees going under the eavestrough soffit.
A couple of pertinent calls brought out a bee keeper to access the situation.
There was a whole colony of honeybees under the soffit, the result of a queen determining it was time to leave the main colony and start a new one.

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When a queen makes this decision, she takes about 60% of the worker bees with her which is why there were so many bodies seen in the garage once the outside aluminum was removed.

This fellow gathered and scraped bees into a cardboard box and put them in a big wooden hive box he'd brought with him.

One last look for the elusive queen. Unfortunately she was likely way down in the wall; she and the remaining bees had to be killed before sealing the soffit.
There is a happy ending to this bee rescue. The bee keeper recognized them as feral bees, meaning they had been living in the wild and therefore wouldn't have the issues that domesticated bees do.
When they swarm to a new location they look for a cavity in a tree, rock outcrops or walls they can get into as they did here. (all photos courtesy of my daughter)
Since I'm sharing photos from my daughter, I also asked my cousin who is vacationing in Puerto Vallarta Mexico if I could use a collage she put on her FB. It's gorgeous, so I leave you with this last mosaic of the moon and painted sky. Thanks Sam. (Sandra)
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36 comments:

  1. I was amazed the keeper wasn't wearing gloves--that I could see. And what lovely views of the sky and moon. I'm glad you asked to post them. Have a good week Judith and thanks for hosting MM.

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  2. Those beekeepers are brave souls. I couldn't do their job. The sky mosaic is so beautiful. Gorgeous colours. Thanks for hosting. Have a wonderful week!

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  3. This was most interesting! Today I learned something new!
    The Mexican skies look really gorgeous.
    Thank you for hosting, Judith, and have a lovely new week!

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  4. I would agree the beekeepers are brave.. I find it interesting that the bees could be moved into a new hive.. The Mexican sunset and skies are gorgeous, a lovely mosaic.. Thanks for sharing.. Also, thank you for hosting.. Have a happy week ahead!

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  5. Fascinating about the bees Judith. We have some honeybees that tried to make a home in a small hole under our front porch in the cement...I am glad to see when we can save some bees....and wow stunning sky painting! :)

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  6. This was an interesting and fun read and love the series of photos at the end as well! :)

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  7. I'm glad many of those bees could be saved and moved to a new location, Judith! Your cousin's photo mosaic is very beautiful. I love seeing a colorful sky at sunrise and sunset.

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  8. That was quite the discovery of the bees. The mosaic from your cousin is gorgeous.

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  9. Oh I love Honeybees. We had a small colony of Italian Honeybees that were living in a hollow of a tree on our property 2 years ago and I found them so gentle and fascinating. They left before Winter. The sunset images are just stunning, love those glorious colours. Thank you so much for your kind words. Every day, I pray for being better and I am slowly getting there, I still have to lie down to use this computer, for sitting causes my arm to become quite painful...really tired of this after 6 weeks now. Have a Happy week~

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  10. I'm glad the honeybees were mostly saved. We've thought of keeping hives, but I want to take a course first, so I know what I'm doing.
    The sunset photos are really gorgeous - oh for some of that southern warmth!

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  11. Great information and photos of the bees, and the sunsets and moon are fabulous.

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  12. Thank you Judith for Mosaic Monday no. 23. The bee keeper/bee removal pictures/text were really informative. I am very cautious when I see bees (and wasps). Loved seeing your friends sunsets and moon collage.

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  13. We had a similar bee situation in our old house. The upper level of the house was wood sided while the lower was brick. Bees had swarmed in between the brick and the wood. When we called the bee keeper to remove the bees, the warm was so large that the carpet in the upstairs bedroom had pulled back so that he could cut a hole in the floor to get to the queen and the rest of the bees. Thankfully there are folks out there who do such a service. Love the moon mosaic.

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  14. Stunning and interesting subject and photos, too! Very courageous person to work gently with these critters... Also, it's a beautiful gorgeous skies collage made by your cousin. Have a sunny week of january!!

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  15. I'm fascinated by bees too they are wonders of nature and if I lived in the countryside I would encourage them and have hives.
    Beautiful skies - those colours are MAGICAL Judith!
    Thank you for hosting Mosaic Monday.
    Shane

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  16. Uhhh, it is wery much better that honeybees get the real home, than keeping them in that place. Now it is more bossible to have some honey also. :)
    Such a beutifull captures of the sky - sky looks always different and always beutifull.

    Thank you for hosting mosaic monday!

    Laura / Finland

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  17. Fascinating about your daughter's bees and your cousin's collage is beautiful.

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  18. Such a terrible job!! But your picture's are well done.

    Greetings ... Frauke

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  19. glad that job's over!
    now sit back and enjoy those sunsets - especially if you're getting the Arctic front we're getting tonite!

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  20. What an interesting post - so glad some of the bees could be saved. I love the mosaic - stunning sunsets, wish I was there!

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  21. Very interesting post,Judith, thanks for sharing it.

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  22. I love the bee story and photos! Hopefully someone who loves bees got that new (old) colony. Reminds me of a church split. lol

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  23. Wow, what a surprise discovery of bees! And I love the collage with those spectacular colors! Tell your cousin thanks for letting you sharing it with your readers.

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  24. Happy New Year, Judith. I admire bee keepers. They are so brave. I am glad those bees were rescued and removed before they caused harm. The mosaic is spectacular! Please tell Sam thank you for sharing her beautiful photos with us.

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  25. It is amazing where bees will get into and what they get up to isn't it. xx

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  26. The mosaic with all these wonderful colours is amazing. And what about the bees, I suppose your daughter was glad to see them go with the beekeepers, but it's great they could rescue them.

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  27. That was such interesting information about the bees, Judith. Also, your cousin's photos from Mexico are just stunning! They made for a gorgeous mosaic.

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  28. That's something you don't see every day! So glad there was a bee keeper to come and help out. We used to keep bees....years ago. They are so interesting. Love the beautiful vacation photos, too. Happy Monday! Hugs, Diane

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  29. Hi Judith,
    Oh, your mosaics are so gorgeous! I love all of the colours! Thank you for hosting Mosaic Mondays!
    Karen

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  30. The Mexican skies are amazing! So beautiful! I also LOVED the bee story. Great post for MM, Judith!
    Hugs, Beth

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  31. I heard a fascinating interview on the radio recenting about bees, and bee keeping, and how the queen is selected. Thanks for hosting. I am a little late in posting this week!

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  32. Very interesting how the bee-keeper didn't wear gloves...
    VERY BRAVE!!
    Loved the sunset pictures so beautiful.

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  33. I was worried about that man not having gloves too. We had a bee hive in our tree a few years and then one year they left.
    Sherry

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  34. A great reminder of what a queen can do, Judith!!...:)JP

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  35. I love the bee saga. Wonderful mosaics!

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  36. I enjoyed reading this account and your pictures are great. Thank you for sharing!

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