Some days you wonder if there is any justice in the world any more at all. About a month ago a commercial beekeeper placed 30 hives, five pallets of six hives each on the piece of property just adjacent to my personal hives. This is only around a quarter mile from the experimental hives and right across the street from where the hives used to be located in the gravel pit. I called the land owner first. He said to call the beekeeper, he didn't know anything about it. So,
Today was very hot, the hottest since last September! However, the bees were in a good mood. The tree in the corner of the apiary apparently gives enough shade to keep them happy. We checked the little swarm first, to see how it is doing. It is the one on the left in this photo. I had previously looked inside after we placed it and did see the queen, so I knew she was in there. It was a very small swarm, though, so I was concerned that it wasn't building up very much.