These bees are pretty awesome.
This week at Brookhaven Broadcasting, our honey bee colony’s forced migration to Crystal Springs continues.
As you may know, we have an infestation of honey bees living in one of the brick columns at the rear of our office, and Crystal Springs beekeeper Wes Fitzpatrick has engineered a clever bee trap to get them out of the column and building anew in the nest of his choosing. Every few days he comes by and checks the box, pulls out the inner frames on which the bees are nesting, takes the full frames home to his farm (where the bees pollinate his rich gardens) for assimilation into their new nest and leaves empty frames to give the remaining bees something to do.
Basically, Wes is taking all the kids from a giant school home in a single bus by making a ton of trips.
Today, Beverly, our office manager, was totally freaking out because the bees, after several days of calm, were swarming all over the outside of the box and all over the brick columns.
So I, totally calm, cool and collected, called Wes and said, “Hey man, the bees are going ape.” Not really. But close. Turns out, while the bees are in the process of abandoning a nest, they have one day in particular where they decide, “F*** it, I’m out of here,” and come out of the old nest en masse. Apparently that’s what they did, but of course they can’t all fit into their nest at the same time…
… until Wes shows up and makes some room.