23 Photos - Apr 4, 2016
Photo: Swarm about 20 feet up a magnolia tree on a hill with a deep hole just below the swarm on the ground!Photo: Swarm in tree 20 feet upPhoto: Photo by Mercy Wright - First attemptPhoto: Peter standing on a ladder, using Linda's swarm catcher. There's a sheet spread on the ground beneathPhoto: One thrust doesn't quite do it - magnolia branches are flexible!Photo: Second thrust adds a few more bees.Photo: We've dumped the bees in a plastic banker's box with a ventilated hive coverPhoto: Photo: Peter establishes longer ladder to climb up and cut the branch.Photo: Here he goes!Photo: I didn't think this out well. He cut the branch and let it fall onto the sheet. I should have put the swarm catcher under it.Photo: Even though this is the branch where the bees were (see the wax), the queen remained in the tree. Peter climbed back up, cut the small branch where she was and I positioned the swarm catcher right under it (should have done this the first time) and the queen was captured.Photo: (photo by Mercy Wright)
If at first you don't succeed.....Photo: Bees nasonov around the edge of the box to tell flying bees - the Queen is HERE.Photo: Photo: Bungee cord holding down the ventilated hive coverPhoto: The bees have been poured into a nuc hive - I'll move it tomorrow to the garden.Photo: I put the hive cover as a ramp in front of the entry.Photo: The flying bees land and process in to be with their queen.Photo: Here they go.Photo: I had put two honey-filled pieces of comb from my freezer into the banker's box to make them feel at home.Photo: See the bees processing inPhoto: They did this for about half an hour. Tonight I'll close up the entry with screened wire (after dark, of course) and move the bees to the garden in the morning. I may leave them in the nuc hive and let them live as if in a tree (tall and narrow)
over at the garden.