We picked up our package bees yesterday in Winston-Salem. Of course, when the pickup date was set, no one was able to predict that we would be in the middle of the last major cold snap of the winter. It got down to almost freezing last night, so we kept the packages in the house overnight – on the dining room table.
But this afternoon it was over 50, so it was go time for the installation! The hubs helped me install Queen Thyme and her court first, then stepped back to let me handle Rosemary (mostly) on my own so he could photograph.
For the record – I got stung once, on the thumb, and it was my own fault. I was not wearing gloves because it was so hard to handle zip ties with them on, and I squeezed one of the girls. I wore gloves the rest of the time.
The hubs got stung also, and that was NOT his fault. He got stung on the top of his head – no chance that he was squishing anyone that way! But he did decide to put his hat and veil on after that.