Our hive of bees and queen are Italian honey bees from California. We picked them up April 5th, but it was too late to release them until the next day. They appreciate a mist of water while they wait. They literally get dumped into the hive, but the queen had her own little box. She has several attendants inside the little box with her, but the other bees swarm to get her out by eating the plug, releasing her. Now the work begins!
All the honey combs made this summer will provide the bees with food over the winter, but next year…..honey!