Bee Day – packages
These two packages of bees populated my empty hives.
Each contains three pounds of bees; that's about 10,000 bees.
Ideally, those bees are all workers, or females (diploid),
rather than drones, or males (usually haploid):
While drones contribute to the survival of the species, they do not contribute to the survival of the
colony—as far as melittologists know.
Each package also provides a single queen ensconced inside a small cage (not visible here) along with a few
I bought these packages from a beekeeper outside of Philadelphia.
He collects orders for hundreds of packages for pickup at his apiary on either of two Saturdays in April.
A few days beforehand, he drives to Georgia to collect the packages from his supplying apiary;
he returns on Bee Day.
Sourcing colonies from the milder south allows northern beekeepers to kick-start a new hive
just when nectar begins to flow from spring's blossoms.
A package costs $90–$110 in the Philadelphia area.