Package bees clustered around the food canister and caged queen
On Saturday morning we drove down to Eugene to pick up two packages of bees - 20,000 little ladies to bring home and place in my hives. The bees arrive by truck from California, and are packaged with a canister of sugar syrup and their future queen suspended within the cluster.
Orienting themselves to the hive
I am so excited to witness the transformation of these brand-new hives into a paradise of wax and honey, and installing the bees was my first step. They were feisty that night and I was stung many times, a ritual I think I’m going to enjoy. My body tolerates stings remarkably well with little pain and no swelling or itching. Just beautiful red marks that I wear hidden under my clothes like a secret agreement with the bees. I shake them up a bit – and they remind me who’s in charge. I’m going to like this relationship.