I live in Rwanda in east Africa. Nearly a year ago I caught a swarm of bees, had some trouble (which I posted about it here: Caught a birdhouse swarm, hived it, left it alone, and now the bees are in the wrong place
Those bees eventually absconded after I over-inspected them (rookie mistake) and had the hive open for way too long (nearly 20 minutes) one day.
So I’ve been sitting, bee-less, waiting for more.
I finally caught a swarm, three weeks ago, from the same yard where I caught the first bees. Ok, it wasn’t actually a swarm, but I cut all the comb I could out of an attic crawl space and brought them home. I put them in my frames with rubber bands (like I was told to before), hoping I’d gotten the queen in the grab of bees from the attic.
Today, after leaving them alone (made easier because I was out of town for 17 days), I went down to the hive and found it vacant.
Below are pictures of what I found on each frrame
My hive location is here, at the bottom of the yard, well away from any regular human activity. Although there is a road about 20 meters on the other side of that hedge.
What’s your guess as to what happened?
- I probably didn’t get the queen
- Something is wrong with my hive
- Something is wrong with my hive location
- Something else is wrong
If you think something else is wrong, please explain/help in a comment below.