The location is suburban with large undeveloped tracts nearby including scattered trees and wooded regions mostly along rights of way.
A colony was started from a 3 lb package on 2 April 2011. The hive is 10 frame Langstroth type with 2 deep brood boxes and a medium super.
The scale is a 1000 lb capacity Fairbanks (0.5 lb divisions), and a 15 lb dumbbell serves as a test weight and indicates accurate performance. The scale hive is exposed to the elements.
Forage of interest includes catalpa, magnolia, some tulip poplar, blackberries, and white dutch clover. There are some fields, but this is not a major agricultural setting.