Friday I picked up my pre-ordered package of Georgia grown Italian Honeybees from Dave Polk at Free States Bees. Crucial to the endeavor was Dave's demonstration on how to place the queen and then the worker's into the hive.Here I am in the process of adjusting the entrance reducer as the bees sort out how they like their new home. All those little dots in the photo are the honey bees.
Here is the beautiful setting in Southern Maryland where the bees will hopefully thrive! There is a large fresh water pond just to the left of this picture.
In a few days I will check to see if the worker bees have accepted the queen. I'm thinking we should name the queen bee. So I'd like to have a contest to see who can come up with a great queen bee name. Frank and I will pick the name that we deem the best for the queen at the end of April. And the person who proposed the winning name will receive yummy meal prepared by me!