It wasn't the bait hive that scored me a SWARM this Saturday !
. A classmate of our beekeeping class n I got a call/text n pix as class ended.
. We drove about 25 minutes along some back road in Maple Valley where the call came from.
As usually the report was a little off .. Instead just in reach .. The swarm was 25' up n out on small limbs of a maple tree.
. When I cut the last little limb it RAIN
. Some in the box but most across the big blanket. Lucky for us .. I'd brought a refurbished Observation Hive to show to the class. So my classmate started pouring n scooping bees into the Five framer.
. Pretty soon the signal went out n most of the other bees flew n marched into the entrance.
I finished cleaning up n returned the 8' ladder n pole pruner to the home owner. Then we took more pix's n waited for the stagglers to find the hive too.
Nearly dark I finally closed the entrance n secured the hive.
. Two days later n modifying the Obs Hive with a super to hold a mason jar top feeder.
. Now two days later the "Girls" are doing quit well in my bee yard.
. It had been over 55 years since my last swarm capture n it was still as exciting. This was my classmates first !! Amy was in 7th Heaven !!
. You can tell from that huge smile.
All in a beekeepers day ! Gerald.