Yes, that is the question. And it was answered today when I drove home with a hive in the trunk of my rental car. (My car is at the body shop but that’s an entirely different story.) My friend and business associate, Lorinda, asked me to tend a couple of hives last Autumn and I realized that I was hooked. Waiting until the right moment to have a colony of my own required a great deal of patience but today it came to pass.
Because it was early evening when they were transported from one box to another, tomorrow morning is their day to take an orientation flight. Most of the bees will leave the hive, explore the surrounding area and report back to the queen who will remain in the hive with her attendants. Hopefully, they will be happy with what they see.