Yep been there done that I watched one fly that I had just set a ladder with a box on top of it, I had to raise the limb to get the box under the swarm so as I sat back to watch them go in the box they flew away
I drove out on my lunch break to pick up a swarm. I met the home owner in his front yard and look at the swarm in a tree in the front yard . I walked back to my car about 15' away and got my vac. Walked back and they were gone.:s He paid me $25 for gas anyway.
The emotional ups and downs of swarm catching Every swarm I go for is still exciting, but then the excitement instantly turns into doldrums when they take off. Sometimes, I think the Queen has Spotters too, they see us coming and do a " We're outta here " waggle dance or something. :scratch:
Last year there was a basketball size swarm in a tree at a local county campground near me. I was getting set up and they decided to take off. I walked in/with the swarm (very cool) until they went over a swamp and I watched them go off into the distance. The campground workers said they had been there for about a day.
This year, one of my hives swarmed and when the owner tracked me down, he told me that they were still on the branch -- When I got there, I was really excited and as I got my nuc ready, I noticed the branch was getting lighter as the bees were taking off. The owner told me that the swarm of bees was alot larger before I got there.
I watched the branch get lighter and lighter -- I whacked the remaining bees into a nuc, in the hopes of getting them. Soon they were gone. Bye Bye Bees.
The cool thing for the story is that I taught the owner to catch my cast off swarms. I gave him a veil and he wears gloves. He is really excited. So far, he caught one of my swarms on his own.
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