|Honey Bees using the mouth of a hollow Gargoyle statue to enter their spooky hive|
I recently found an ad on Craigslist from someone with a Gargoyle lawn statue filled with a strong hive of honey bees inside. She needed them removed as there was an elementary school across the street and the gargoyle was only about 20 yards from the sidewalk where the kids walk. She loved the bees but after a year of them growing into a considerable sized hive she decided they needed a new home.
As this was quite a distance from home I justified the trip knowing I could stop at my wife's favorite vegetarian restaurant (Dandelion Communi-tea cafe in Orlando) and pick up carry out for dinner so I made sure to bring a cooler. Of course Orlando traffic was typical, I-4 went to one lane and I was in a virtual parking lot in the land of the mouse. Not unexpected though.
The lady who owned the house and the bees couldn't have been any nicer. So I took my time and after closing off the mouth of the gargoyle with mesh screen and duct tape we sat in the shade sipping sweet tea waiting for foragers returning to their gargoyle. Once a clump of bees accumulated on the mesh on the outside of the gargoyle, the bee vacuum was used to coax them into a waiting brood box with frames. This went on for several hours as we wanted to leave as few stragglers behind as possible. Many of the bees were loaded with several beautiful colors in their pollen. It was a pleasant two hours in the shade talking about bees and enjoying a beautiful day. I could see the owner getting drawn into the world of bees and wouldn't at all be surprised to see her become a beekeeper someday.
|Mesh taped to the entrance|
|Weird looking you say ? Typical for our home|
|One way valve coming from the gargoyle (box not positioned over hive yet)|