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Caught a nice big swarm today, and found the queen!

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These guys bailed on one of my hives. I watched them leave, then I waited till they settled on a branch about 20 feet high. I cut it down, then trimmed the branch, then dumped the whole thing into a big box. While trimming I saw the queen sprinting around the mass of bees. So very cool. She was very quick. Must have been a virgin as I don't think mated queens bother moving around so much.

Sold the swarm immediately for 60. I'm starting to think catching and selling swarms is much easier than trying to prevent them. Which for me this year has been impossible and frustrating.
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Nice... feral swarms are pretty non existant here. Although the apiary hives are getting restless.
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