The sun is shining, the DC weather may finally be regulating itself and the bees are buzzing in! Our first shipment of bees arrived last Saturday and they are thriving in the hives! Our resident beekeeper Ricky Zhu sojourned down to Robert Wellemeyer—who has over 50 years of beekeeping experience—of Windsong Apiaries in Castleton, Virginia for our honeybees. Our team delicately installed four new hives bringing our current number up to seven. In the next couple of weeks, the number will grow to seventeen. The installation process is simple: the newly constructed hives are sprayed with sugar water as an incentive for our invertebrate friends to become comfortable in their summer abodes. The bees arrive in screened boxes with a queen enclosed in a smaller, separate box within. The worker bees are poured into the hives and the cage containing the queen is installed last. It is important that the worker bees get acquainted with her pheromones before the queen slowly chews the sugar candy in the passageway out of the queen cage. This is because she is not “one of the hive” just yet! In time, she will migrate from her space into the hive space. We are looking forward to rearing some busy bees. To check out the bee activity, visit our Bee Camera.
-Brooke Talbot and Ricky Zhu