Thursday, March 10, 2011

Rose Scharlin Co-op Nursery School: Bee Season

Photo: M. Gilvary, March 7, 2011. That's not a spelling bee at Rose Scharlin Nursery School. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Monday, a swarm of bees landed at Rose Scharlin Co-op Nursery School. A Rose Scharlin parent (and Red Car Property neighbor) called the Los Angeles Bee Rescue Hotline and a Backwards Beekeeper (and Red Car Property neighbor) responded later that day.

The bees were not aggressive. As a precaution, the children were immediately herded into the library. The parents were called and school closed early for the day. Thankfully, no one was stung.

Backwards Beekeeper (and Red Car Property neighbor) Russell replied in an email, "We got a call on the Bee Rescue Hotline from a neighbor about a swarm at Rose Scharlin, so Amy went to check it out; the bees had taken off by the time she got there. This is a pretty common behavior with swarms, as they're looking for a new place to live once they've left the hive they came from. 

Swarm season is really kicking into gear now, so it's likely you'll be hearing about more. There's a video on our blog that gives quite a bit of information about swarms and how we capture them."