This week we welcomed our second colony of bees to the roof with a big Benvenuto!, this tribe being mostly Italian (with a few Carniolans for good measure)...
Apis mellifera ligustica. This is the most popular bee in North American. These, as all of the commercial bees, are gentle and good producers.
I could immediately differentiate them from Hive 1 bees -- the newcomers are bright yellow and a little zinginer.
Or maybe they're just acclimating.
When Noam called to say he was on his way to the O'Hare Airport Oasis (there's an oxymoron) to rendezvous with Simpson's bee delivery and would be back in an hour, I'm struck again by the happy slowness of it all:
A truck from Ohio wends its way through the Midwest, distributing small lunchbox-sized transport containers holding bees and their Queen.
This next shot puts the bee transporter in perspective, as Art and Noam line up Art's cool newly assembled 25-year-old Sears beehive kit, freshly painted and baked in the sun.
Soon it's time for the transfer...
sitting on the hive lid lower left?
Art built a new pier for Hive 2 a bit north of Hive 1.
Bruce and neighbor Karol joined us to welcome the new colony. Note the cool-weather greens, started by Bruce from seed..
We've been cutting salads for a week
(I couldn't wait to start eating these greens)
standing a sane distance away.
Now it's time to check on Hive 1, which has been busy after the long winter.