I received a call from a very nice lady who wanted to have the bees removed live if possible (that’s the whole mission for us at BBE-Tech).
I arrive about 45 minutes later with my Bee Buddy Gary K in tow (he loves to come along on swarm calls).
These girls hadn’t been noticed until yesterday but I am guessing from their behavior this might have been at least a second day swarm starting to get a little hungry and just a little cranky.
We shook them into a wooden nuc box, trying to find the queen on the branch several times after the shake only to determine the queen had already landed squarely in the nuc box already.
I wasn’t 100% sold at first that the queen had left the tree until I gave it a particularly vigorous shake that I could tell no bees were left on the branch. They re-formed a small cluster after that shake, but then we noticed greatly increased fanning activity and traffic at the nuc box entrance. This was when we realized she had gotten into the nuc box while we were looking at the tree still. To give Gary credit, he was the one to first suspect she had gotten by us into the box.
We had an audience of several kids and several mom’s who had gathered to see the “bee man” come to take the bees. They took pictures and Gary K showed them a drone while I was monitoring the cluster remaining on the branch. Actually, there were at least 10 to 20 drones in the swarm that I saw firsthand.
Gary took about 3 stings to the hand during the capture and I took one at the time. I got one more sting when I went back close to nightfall to collect the box to take it to the conservation bee yard.
This colony went to the bee yard straight-away last night and after they have had time to re-establish the colony and the queen is laying in good pattern, they will go to a local beekeeper.