When I was removing the package boxes from beside my hives this morning one was empty and the other contained three bees. Three. Out of ten thousand. They were wet, cold, and appeared to be dead. So I brought the box inside my warm kitchen and waited. Sure enough, back to life they came. I was glad to grant them a second chance – they survived the trip from California and a night outside unprotected!
This is a cool shot of one of the girls. With the backlight you can see the rows of wax glands on her abdomen. Whether she will make it into a hive or not is uncertain, but at least I earned a bit of good bee karma today.