Just wanted to share a somewhat blurry picture of this beautiful swarm I caught on Saturday afternoon. Chest high on a crabapple in a former beekeeper's backyard....not sure if it could have been any easier than this one.
My easiest one was like that. I backed my truck directly under the peach branch it was on and gave it one good shake into a box in the back of the truck one foot below the swarm. The homeowner was grateful AND impressed
this swarm came from a colony living in a cottonwood tree in the homeowner's/former beek's backyard. i'm not sure how long it's been there, but it sounds like a few years. i put a box right under it, perched the box on the ladder, and snipped the branch at her encouragement. seriously could not have been easier, unless they would have swarmed directly into a hive body. i asked her if she was sure she didn't want it (with her being a former beek and all), but she said not with small kids living directly on either side of her. :scratch:
the only thing i had with me at the time was a 5-frame nuc, so i dropped them into that. it's been cold here all week, so i haven't had a chance to move them into a 10-frame deep. hopefully i can do that this weekend, because i'm sure they're getting crowded in that nuc.
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