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  1. #1
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    Default huge swarm - Avon, IL

    Got an email Saturday from a lady that I talked to about a week ago about setting up a Hogan trap to catch some starts in the spring. After seeing pictures of the tree and seeing the entrance was 30'+ up I told her to enjoy her free pollinators. I did ask if they ever saw any swarms coming from the tree thinking it might be a good place to put some traps up. They said they hadn't seen any swarms. Well, the email Saturday had an attached photo of a HUGE swarm on a small maple tree about 30' from the tree with the hive already in it. It's an hour drive to their place but for a swarm that size I gladly accepted. When I shook the bees off the branch sprung back and I couldn't reach it without a step stool anymore. I brought a scale with me and did some before and after weights. I didn't write down the before weight and had two numbers stuck in my head. Using the larger weight as the starting point gets me to 8.6 lbs, the other number is 10.6 lbs, either way, that's a LOT of bees. I took my last two mediums with me and nailed a sheet of plywood on the bottom and brought a screened top since it was so hot Saturday and they'd have to survive the hour plus ride home in the trunk. Well, the screened top didn't work so good, the bees settling into the box weren't finding the entrance so I took a couple nuc lids and covered the screen. Strapped the two boxes together and off we went. About 20 mins into the ride home my 5 year old says "Dad, there's bees in here." Looked in the rear-view mirror to see 10 or so bees bouncing off the back glass. I figured it was just stragglers that didn't make it in the box until there were about 50 bees and then 100. At that point I knew that something had come undone so I hurried home pushing the speed limit wondering what I was going to say to a cop in the event of getting pulled over. How exactly do you tell a cop he can't open your trunk. I planned on just turning the key over to him and closing the windows.....

    Anyway, I get home, grab a bottom board and take a listen to the trunk lid. Yup, I could hear bees. Worst part was I left my bee jacket in the the trunk and had no idea what the disposition would be like after riding in the hot trunk for the last hour. Opened it up and they were pretty plesant but glad to be in the open air again. Most of the loose bees followed the boxes to their new home after 20 minutes.







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    Default Re: huge swarm - Avon, IL

    Nice work. Glad to hear that you could improvise!
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    Default Re: huge swarm - Avon, IL

    Hahahahahaahha, got to love loose bees is a vehicle

    Smart, not stopping.

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    Default Re: huge swarm - Avon, IL

    I probably would have paid to see the look on your faces when you discovered something just wasn't quite right! lol

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    Default Re: huge swarm - Avon, IL

    Nice swarm. You have to wonder what a cop would do if you had got stopped! Would he have understood and said "Get going, just be careful!" or would he have written you up wasting more time letting more bees get into the car?

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    Default Re: huge swarm - Avon, IL

    Hmm, bees flying free in the car...must be why my wife wont let me use the Tahoe.
    Nice swarm, congrats!

    C2

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    Default Re: huge swarm - Avon, IL

    Quote Originally Posted by Batman View Post
    Hmm, bees flying free in the car...must be why my wife wont let me use the Tahoe.
    Nice swarm, congrats!

    C2
    I'm probably going to get to the point soon where I'll have to find an old Ford Ranger to conduct bee business.

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    Default Re: huge swarm - Avon, IL

    LOL!! I've been joking with my daughter that if we need to transport a hive in our Honda hatch back we will just were our bee suits during the drive. Great catch!!!

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