Lucy, you got some ‘splainin to do

I just took possession of a colony of bees that we trapped out of a tree near 84th & Maple in Omaha.

It took only three weeks to complete the trap-out, one of the fastest completed trap-outs I have done.  I used a 5 frame nuc box that I borrowed from a bee buddy of mine to trap them out with.

I got the nuc brought to my “nursery” apiary so I could re-hive the bees before I take them to their new, permanent home.

When I went to open them up today, WOW were they feisty.  They wouldn’t even let me grab the frames with my fingers so I had to use a pair of frame grips.

You’ll see my son Tomas in a couple of these pics, he’s my bee henchman.

got the hive open to remove the bees.

Got the hive open to remove the bees.

You can see the new hive box by my feet that the bees will go into.  The second box is next to that but out of the way.

Frame 1 into the new box

Frame 1 into the new box

Got the smoker going with some good, cool smoke.  Which, by the way, these girls are NOT fond of.  Normally I wear just a white, Omaha Bee Club ball cap to work hives.  Nope.  Not these girls.  They made me get a veil.  What the picture above doesn’t show is me taking a sting on my left arm just before transferring this frame over.

Frame 2 into the new box

Frame 3 into the new box (sorry, the camera fuzzled on frame 2)

Well, frame two went a lot better than frame one.  In the pic above, I am putting frame three into the new box after having to scrape some bridge comb from the top bar.

Frame 4 in the new box

Frame 4 in the new box

The pic above shows frame four in the new box and I was putting the smoker down after herding the girls on frame five down.

Frame 5.  all the frames are into the new hive.

Frame 5. all the frames are into the new hive.

Finally got the fifth frame transferred.  The girls were behaving slightly better but at that point, most of the work was done.  Figures.

All that’s left to do now is put the new boxes together and let the girls on the walls of the old box creep into the new box.

All put back together and the girls have a lot more space to work in.

All put back together and the girls have a lot more space to work in.

There she is.  This is Lucy, the name that got the most votes in the poll I put up yesterday on multiple social media sites.  “Lucy” comes from the song, “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” by the Beatles.

Lucy will go to a new bee yard in the next couple of days after she has had some time to calm down a bit.

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