Whenever Seattle undercover beepeeker Tracey Bryne points her camera, she turns up fascinating sights. Today, she sent photos of her neighbors’ bee hive. She explains:
“For the past couple years, they’ve had bees move into their empty hive in the spring. This year, the swarm came, settled, flew in and out of the hive, and then started building comb UNDER the hive.”
Sure enough, an awesome hive now hangs from the balcony just below the empty Langstroth. The grid of the deck provides perfectly parallel comb guides, spaced exactly for honey bees. The balcony also provides diffuse sunlight, good ventilation, partial rain protection, and a nice view. What else could a honey bee ask for?
Thanks, Tracey, for spying on your neighbor . . . and don’t forget the updates. We want to know what happens next!