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Re: Where is everyone/bees

We used to have wild honey bees that took over a large planter (Vase  shaped) 
that we had.  The bees lived there for 5 or more years.  Every  so often we 
thought they were leaving since hundreds of bees would leave, and  swarm 
around, then congregate in one place with the queen, and then take  off.  However, 
we soon learned that this was only part of the hive.   When a hive gets too 
full, with offspring etc.  they form a new colony that  takes off for a new home. 
 A smaller colony stays behind to continue that  hive.  This can go on 
forever.  Our bees finally moved on after a  storm broke a branch that fell on the 
vase planter and shattered it in  pieces.  I suspect they would still be there 
if that hadn't happened.   Could well be that this is the case with yours, 
since the sprinkler box will  only hold so many..... that is just a division of 
the colony and not  actually the bees moving on.  
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 11/12/2008 11:12:18 AM Central Standard Time,  
cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil writes:

Looks  like our wild bees have departed the sprinkler box for better
living  quarters. There were a zillion bees out but no activity near the
box. DH  said he would wait for cold weather to actually pop the top off
and  look.

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