It was 6 PM and I was just getting ready to relax and get ready for bed (start work at 3 AM) when my cell phone rings and its animal control, they said a resident called and was concerned about a large swarm of bees in her rose bush, I thanked the lady on the phone and called the resident. It was at an elderly care house and as I pulled up I thought it would be in the back yard, I knocked on the door and a worried lady answered, I asked where the swarm was and she pointed at a rose bush in her front yard!! It was about the size of a basketball and about 2 1/2' off the ground and clustered on the outside of the bush, NICE!! Time for the nuc n' shook!!
After watching Nasal Sponges you tube video with the swarm in the little tree, I copied it to a tee, set the nuc below the swarm and gave a firm shake, a large cluster of bees dropped into the nuc and a whole bunch more went air borne!! I placed the three frames that I had taken out back into the nuc and put the lid on it and just left the nuc on the ground, it was totally amazing watching the rest of the bees crawl like ants into the entrance of the nuc!! A large amount of bees flew back to the original spot on the bush and I shook them down again and then just backed away.
About 20 minutes later I checked on them and almost all the bees were in, only a small cluster on the bush which slowly but surely flew down the the nuc entrance following the fanning of a bee at the entrance!!
Folks, this was my first ever attempt at a swarm and it went off without a hitch!! I got them home and transfered them to a 10 frame deep, put a pail feeder on a couple scrap sticks on top of the frames, added an empty deep, put the lid on and walked away. It looks like Italians with some carnolians mixed in. I did not see the queen when I transfered frames, but then I didnt look to hard either, it was getting dark and I wanted to close things up. Hopefully she is a decent queen with a good temperment, otherwise I will be buying a new queen!!
The swarm was pretty mellow, not one sting, just some bumpin' on the veil, but even when I transfered the frames into the 10 frame deep, they were pretty mellow, they were hungry also, took to the sugar syrup right away, even sprayed a bit on my glove and had a couple land and suck it up!
Thanks to everyone on this site for posting videos and information, it was a big help!!
Sorry for the crummy camera phone pictures!!
Filing into the nuc like ants!