Today’s news: four new queens! We only had one hive survive the winter, so it’s a big change to the apiary. (I know, I know, but they are research hives, and subject to the Heisenberg Beekeeping Principle: every time you open the hive to make an observation, your observation has an effect on the system being observed. This is especially true during the winter.)
Anyway, the bees arrived, we had a nice break in the weather, and a couple of students rediscovered that a nestless swarm of bees actually behaves like a liquid, if you don’t rile it up too much. Congratulations to everyone who helped clean up the apiary and get the new hives out!