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Old April 19, 2018   #1
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Default Bees

They are honey bees that we discovered today. My son who has researched honey bees about as much as a lot of us research tomatoes - told me that these bees are a year or less old. The queen could have been born this year even (2018). He explained that the other bees could reject the queen and a lot more info that I'm too give-out to remember right now. A whole lot happened today - taking a break to look at bees was a good thing. Anyway, for us non-beekeepers, it looked cool.
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Old April 19, 2018   #2
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Wow, good for crops.
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Old April 19, 2018   #3
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It looks like the bees are swarming and seeking out a new hive. You should contact your nearest beekeeper. They will come take the bees and not charge you anything.
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Old April 19, 2018   #4
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Yes, that is a swarm that left the hive because of overcrowding and they are looking for a new home. Actually the queen in the swarm is the OLD queen and the hive that they left will hatch a new queen.

Here is a swarm from one of our hives last year.
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Old April 19, 2018   #5
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A good omen if ever I saw one! Good to see healthy honeybees, especially since they've been hard-hit of late, and really good to see them in the vicinity of your garden.

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Old April 19, 2018   #6
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Default Bluebonnets and bees

Bees are still loving my almost pooped-out bluebonnets. The bees' little legs look like they are carrying suitcases full of pollen.

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