The scale hive is located on a hillside facing east–southeast. It is exposed but sits under an overhang. Neighboring forage area includes farmland, forests, low lying valleys of swamp land, clear cuts, reclaimed mine land, and a 100 acre lake. The area is sparsely populated rural in the rolling foothills of the Appalachians.
Fairbanks, 500 lb capacity, 0.25 lb increments, leveled on concrete base, exposed to weather, under a shed roof.
2 deeps Langstroth hive, 2 year old queen from a September 2008 feral swarm.
April-May: dandelion, red bud, black locust, tulip poplar, mustard, apple tree, alfalfa, wild cherry, brambles, multi-flora rose; June-July: soybean, clover, vetch, ironweed, Aug-Sept: milkweed, black haw, golden rod, blue aster.