Uncategorized A swarm of bees find a bee log by David The Good April 16, 2014January 31, 2017 written by David The Good April 16, 2014January 31, 2017 Read the description in the video. I’m very, very happy. Share this post!FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestRelated posts:Okay - no weekends for me!Florida Pomegranates Spontaneously Dying?From the Inbox: Ants, Avocado Spots, Growing Bananas, Planting Fruit Trees In Existing ForestTesting PostmaticThe Survival Gardener Book of the Week #1: Gardening When it Counts bee logbee swarmbees 8 comments FacebookTwitterGoogle +PinterestRedditWhatsappEmail David The Good previous post Definitely a mild winter here next post Growing fruit trees in poor soil Related Articles SATURDAY: I’m speaking in Volusia County and bringing... April 11, 2015 Talk To Your Kids About Farming October 6, 2012 Staking a tree, grapefruit edition July 31, 2015 The Great South Florida Food Forest Project: June... June 25, 2015 2014 Florida Earthskills Gathering, Day 2 February 8, 2014 Post coming soon December 1, 2015 Gardening Without Guilt May 19, 2014 100,000 views! October 8, 2013 Reprint: Sweet potato firstfruits! September 9, 2014 Okay – no weekends for me! July 4, 2015 8 comments stevo_61 April 16, 2014 - 10:03 pm According to Florida's apiary inspector, you should treat all feral hives like they are africanized bees. I have had two run-ins with their swarms. Amazingly aggressive. Reply Survival Gardener/David The Good April 16, 2014 - 10:40 pm It's that sort of attitude from the state that is dooming bees. They're spraying genetically fit feral colonies in a time when bees are dying out. I've been in contact with Africanized colonies as well, though most of them aren't near the devils they're portrayed. North of Orlando, most of the bees are quite friendly. These are too – I walked through the middle of them with nary a bump. Reply PioneerPreppy April 17, 2014 - 1:19 am Nice sized swarm there. What ya gonna do just leave em in there? Reply Survival Gardener/David The Good April 17, 2014 - 2:56 am Yes, for this year. They'll help my food forest with pollination, not to mention my melons. Next year I'll be watching for splits, then capture the swarms that leave and put them in Langstroth boxes. Reply jean April 17, 2014 - 1:55 pm Happy for you, David! I understand from reading up on the Africanized bees that they are indeed more demonized than they really are. Just seems to me that when government "experts" get involved with nature tampering, it eventually backfires to everyone's detriment. If you keep this up in your yard, you will have the best food forest in Florida! May you have happy hives!! Reply Survival Gardener/David The Good April 17, 2014 - 2:00 pm Thank you very much. You're totally right on the "experts." Reply stevo_61 April 17, 2014 - 6:01 pm I want to agree with you about the demonization of bees. Unfortunately, my real world experience with 2 africanized hives throws he caution flag. I scooped a bunch of bees out of some cement blocks at night and put them in an empty super. (They don't fly at night so the aggressive behavior isn't apparent.) I checked on them a few weeks later and they were so aggressive I had to wait 2 hours for the sun to go down until I could get the bee suit off. I can't have anything that dangerous on my property that a horse,donkey, dog or grandson could possibly come into contact with. Reply Survival Gardener/David The Good April 17, 2014 - 11:41 pm Yes… I've run into them once too. The behavior is definitely different. On the upside, they make a lot of honey and need a lot less care. On the downside, STUNG TO DEATH! Reply Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.