22 May 2010
Yesterday I discovered a small swarm, the size of a large grapefruit, on the branch of the large Mesquite tree that shades my Nuc yard. It was at six feet, on the branch where the branch rested on the six foot high, light tan shade cloth that helps reduce infiltration of sunlight and winds to the yard. I put a frame heavy with honey, but also containing some pollen and a few dozen cells of sealed worker brood, into a Nuc box, then held the nuc box beneath the swarm and knocked them into the box. I then put a cover on and set them on my Nuc stands next to other Nucs.
The swarm was not from any of my own hives. There were many drones in the swarm, several different color combinations, none of the variously colored drones in the swarm looked like any of the drones from any of my own hives. They also behaved more defensive than any swarm should be. I was stung in the nostrils and on my scalp several times by the stragglers that didn't fall into the Nuc box. And they only stayed in the box for about twenty minutes. After twenty minutes they moved over about twenty-five feet, and into another Nuc box, in a stack of Nuc boxes filled with empty comb.