This Post follows the natural growth of a colony inside a log and any other observations.
1st June 2015
The swarm was a strong local swarm of dark bees. After bringing them back to the log at dusk they rested overnight and the bees were introduced to the log early the next morning. The main part of cluster was put into the top, where it fell on to some newspaper pinned to the top spales. This prevented them all dropping to bottom with the possibility of damaging the queen.
Bees clustered on top boards, and the newspaper has been knawed by the bees.
After 3 days,a small nuc feeder was placed on top to give young colony some help during a rainy period. Access through a hole in the middle of the wedge board.
Debris on base board. Lots of wax scales, pollen, discarded new bits of comb and newspaper.
Looking up into the log . Bees building down to the first set of spales
Photo shows how bees have strengthened the edges of the comb with propolis and filled the shakes in the log.