Remember that great contraption you built in the hopes of catching and hiving a swarm? Well, make sure you check it carefully from time to time for inhabitants!
Jacky discovered unexpected contents in his mentoree’s swarm trap which had been left out over the winter. Apparently, the beekeeper’s swarm had indeed moved in sometime last season, but its activity was never noticed. Not surprisingly, the colony didn’t made it through the winter. At some point, the trap also played host to nesting rodents who damaged the bees’ comb before moving on.
The remnants of a undetected colony who had moved into a swarm trap last season.
Photos: Jacky Hildreth, President Cumberland County Beekeepers Association.