Water Valve Box – Honeybee removal

According to the homeowner, honeybees have occupied this water valve box for the last 2-3 years.  The comb was dark, and a bit tough to cut – so that supports the time-frame that she estimated.

The valve box was about 18″ deep into the ground, so the comb was DEEP.  The queen looks to be well-mated as she has a solid laying pattern of eggs and brood.  Drone comb was also found in this hive.  The hive was very populated, and I suspect was about to swarm, since there were multiple swarm cells that were found along the bottom edges of the comb – however, as yet – none of those cells had eggs or larvae in them.

No tags were taken today from these great bees!  I look forward to having them in the apiary!



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