Just got back from Fairbanks where we moved bees out of the spring yards down to the Fireweed fields last week. Fortunately it was raining when we loaded at 10:30 pm. With a healthy dose of smoke they stayed inside. Once we ripped the nets off two + hours later the ladies were ready to fly at 1 am as the rain had ceased in the new yard and it was light enough to get them pumped up to hit the flight deck.
Trying to move bees when it never gets dark is a bit difficult unless the rain is pouring. Considering the area gets only 12-13 inches each year in moisture (snow and rain) most years this move can be difficult. We have baked bees while attempting this moving process in the past (trying to keep them in).
I am looking for ideas on how we can move bees in these conditions without killing them or leaving half of them behind.
Temps are usually low 60's to mid 70's at "dusk" in the "evenings" at the end of June. Day time highs range from 50's through 80's.
Here are a couple of things that need to happen IMHO to make this work successfully.
1. Need to make a one way trap to get and keep the foragers in on the "evening" of the move.
2. Need adjustable ventilation /space so the enclosed bees neither bake nor chill brood during "capture" time and during the trip to the next yard.
I realize 99% of the beeks here have never encountered these conditions but enough have moved bees in warm conditions where they might be able give pertinent advice.
Any and all advice from equipment design all the way to moving tips would be appreciated.
What would you do in this situation?