Re: Capturing Wild Bees Question
I'll add my cheap 2 cents.
I think you would be totally bummed when you got home and found all that comb and bees trapped in honey goo in that bucket.
The point of empty frames to me is having an orderly place to band brood comb, and maintaining some room for attached bees. Comb with stores I put in a bucket, but good brood gets stuck in an empty frame.
Hard enough getting a hive like that back to the house jostling around and just banded. (Make sure you place comb orientated the same was as they where in the hive, trim what you need too as the cells are angled)
I did a cut out in a very large downed mesquite log a2 years ago, took about 2 hrs and a lot of chainsawing and crossed fingers. I hoped the queen would be near the heavier brood comb and ended up being right. Right at dark I noticed a clump of bees on a side wall and was able to get the queen. She will hide, but in short time she will usually attract a horde of bees after the hive has been torn up at least from what I have observed.
Reason I think you would want the queen so bad from that cutout, is the proximity to the downed tree, without the queen, most of the field bees will make the 1.5 mile trek back to the tree, brood should anchor the nurse bees and ones that haven't been to flight yet, but I'd want the queen and even yet, you will loose some field bees unless you move the hive a further distance for a week or two.
The cut out will be a chore already, taking a bucket full of comb and bees home and you will likely not like that chore either. If you can take home a box with banded frames, you will like that far better.
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