A friend of mine whose family operates the local funeral home came by today. He noticed some of my mentor's honey sitting on the counter and started talking about some honey bees in a cedar tree at a nearby cemetery. He doesn't like bees at all and wants them gone. They are kind of close to a couple of grave sites.
I went and checked them out this afternoon. They're going into a knot in the tree at about the 4-5 foot level. The tree is about 20-24 inches in diameter. Small and dark yellow striped bees. Looked like a steady stream of bees...not an overwhelming amount of bees but steady. I noted several bees bringing in pollen.
Disregarding the time of the year here in south Alabama, it's pretty much a fact that if I did a trap out I won't get the queen...and being as I presently don't have any hives that I'm working with I don't need a bunch of workers to combine with a hive. If I can talk my buddy into being patient, would it be better for me to set up a swarm trap in the spring and try to catch the swarm and the queen and then do a trap-out of the remaining bees? I figure doing it that way (if it works) I'll get the survivor/feral genes.
I really enjoyed watching these bees this afternoon. I was within a couple of feet of the hive entrance and they scarcely paid me any attention.