Every hive has a story. Last week we did a bee hive cut from the same house in Pacific Paradise that we removed a hive from late last year.
This hive had only been there for a month or so but when we opened it up the population was very low and there was no brood or eggs to be found. This hive was almost certainly to source of the swarm we caught and wrote about in our previous post.
The comb had half a dozen used queen cells so we knew
the challenge this time was try to find a virgin or freshly mated queen. These queens are usually smaller and harder to differentiate from the other worker bees.
After all of the comb had been removed and just about every last bee had been vacuumed the queen came crawling out from behind the insulation foil.
Because this hive has only been established for a very short period this was a really straight forward removal. If you want to compare this to a 4year old hive, check out recent posts by @jpthebeeman to see a monster removal. If you have a feral hive, the quicker you act to remove it, the smaller the repairs required afterwards.
A cool-season favorite for springtime #gardens, #argyranthemum is a delightful annual flower with #daisy-like #blooms in cheery Easter and springtime colors. In addition to its pretty blooms, #argyranthemum has dark #green, ferny #foliage and grows in a tidy mound, adding lots of garden interest even if it doesn't have any #flowers on it. And like most flowers in the #daisy family, this one attracts butterflies and other #pollinator#insects.
Grow sun-loving argyranthemum in garden beds and borders, as well as in container gardens with flowers such pansy, viola, and flowering kale. Source :/www.costafarms.com
The fun continues....another surprise find! Saw this Viceroy in the #elmstreetgreen wildflower park while on a virtual training run with @runsprenkelrun (who was in Bentonville, AR today). It mimics the ever popular bad tasting poisonous Monarch...the black line running across the veins of the hindwings is a key characteristic.
FINALLY! I have been anxiously awaiting squash season this year (just like I do EVERY year). Gardeners can see the future in a way, watching the food we're going to eat as it grows. I can taste this squash already! °