May I present our new honeybees and their natural hive!
Some honeybees made their home in a hollowed out tree branch in our next door neighbor’s yard. When they cut down the tree, our neighbors wanted to get rid of the bees. We jumped at the opportunity to have a second colony. (Our first colony resides in a homemade top-bar hive.)
Last week, we moved the log into our backyard and put it near our other bees. We won’t be able to get into the log to manage the colony or extract honey, but that’s okay. Just trying to do our part to help our fragile ecosystem that depends so much on pollinators.
An added bonus – the tree that came down was home to millions of squirrels that constantly taunted our pups. It was so bad we dubbed the route the squirrel highway and enjoyed watching youtube videos of squirrel catapults. Then again, one of our dogs was so scared of the new bee-filled log that she ran around the backyard barking at it for 15 minutes.
Did you know that honeybees are not actually native to the Americas? They were brought by early European settlers and have proven beneficial to agriculture (and our sweet tooth) ever since! They are actually quite docile compared to some of their cousins like the wasp.
We will, of course, keep you posted on how the new honeybees adjust to their new backyard and harmonize (hopefully!) with our existing bees. Our next project will be a native pollinator habitat in the front yard….