I recently watched this video again. We made this video a few years ago. I want to share this video because it shows some vigorous waggle dances. That’s something to be aware of while catching swarms.
Swarms, waggle dances, swarms absconding are fresh on my mind at the moment because this morning I fully expected to bring a swarm that I caught a couple of weeks ago back home again.
I caught this swarm that I suspect came out of one of my splits making a new queen. I suspected it was the first virgin queen to emerge. As I caught it, I noticed a lot of vigorous waggle dancing, so I took it away which is my so called “foolproof” method of preventing a swarm from absconding, so I thought.
This morning I saw no activity at the entrance. I lifted the roof to find no bees with the brood frame eaten out by hive beetles.
That was another lesson learnt. “Don’t take bees for granted”. Even though I used a beautiful frame of brood, a mixture of fully drawn stickies & wax foundation in a 10 frame brood box with fresh pheromones, the persuasive scout bees had other ideas. They must have found something pretty good.