Two days ago (Saturday) I did my regular morning check (8:00 AM) on my observation hive located in my woodshop...everything was fine. Sunday morning I checked again only to discover a LARGE portion of bees were gone. I concluded they must have swarmed sometime on Saturday....probably in the afternoon since it was a very nice day. I gave a cursory look outside my workshop to see if I could fine the swarm but had no success.
Sunday afternoon (another nice day) I was sitting on my front porch with my friend, having a few cocktails and solving all of the world's problems, when I happen to glance about 40 feet up in a sugar maple tree directly in front of us, when I was shocked to see my swarm! Totally inaccessible, irretrievable, and out of reach. I surmised it had been there from the previous afternoon, meaning, they had been there for approximately 24 hours.
Thinking I had to act fast I quickly set up a fresh hive on the roof of my house about 40-50 feet from the swarm....baited it with lemon grass oil, and started hoping for the best. I stayed and watched the swarm for the rest of the afternoon and into the evening until dark.....without any movement. Last night it was rather cool with light rain. This morning it is still cool and cloudy....temp. is 58 degrees. The swarm is still there. It has always been my understanding that a cast swarm will congregate someplace, stay maybe less that about 12 hours, and move into a new home. This swarm has been idol going on 40 hours. Has anyone had a similar experience or can offer any insight into their disposition?