Welcoming A New Bee Colony

Looking at New Bees (Photo By Patty Fung) A big thank you to Bill Tomaszewski, our fabulous beekeeper from Planet Bee Foundation, for volunteering his Sunday afternoon to add a new colony to our school bee hive. Unfortunately our previous colony had died off, which we learned happens commonly for various reasons. However, we are very lucky to have a chance to watch Bill install new bees today and we are all learning more, and more each time he visits. Here are some photos along with captions to share with you from our afternoon. A big thank you as well to Ms. Taunton from GLO for decorating our new hive boxes with her after school program. It looks beautiful!

Removing the old frames.

Removing the old frames.

A close up at the pollen that is stored in the cells from the older frames.

A close up at the pollen that is stored in the cells from the older frames.

The new colony of honeybees waiting to be released.

The new colony of honeybees waiting to be released.

The queen bee is kept in a separate capsule so that the worker bees can get use to her. They will gather around her and feed her as well.

The queen bee is kept in a separate capsule inside the box in the previous photo so that the worker bees can get use to her. They will gather around her and feed her as well.

Ms. Szeto, Ms. Lee and Stitch look closely at one of the old frames.

Ms. Szeto, Ms. Lee and even Stitch look closely at one of the old frames.

The queen bee is installed first. A piece of marshmallow plugs the hole of her box and eventually the worker bees will open the hole by eating away at the marshmallow.

The queen bee is installed first. A piece of marshmallow plugs the hole of her box and eventually the worker bees will open the hole by eating away at the marshmallow.

In goes all the new worker bees!

In goes all the new worker bees!

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