I caught 7 swarms a few weeks ago… it was enough bees for me and I stopped taking calls to catch more and passed them on. But today I got a call and the fellow sent a picture. The swarm was so small and cute I decided to investigate. Could there really be such a small swarm?
At location it was even smaller than in the picture. I thought maybe it was part of a swarm that got lost or left behind queenless. I decided to catch it. I used a frame with honey on it to entice half the beard- and when I put it in the hive- I was surprised to see the queen!
I prodded and goaded the stragglers in and by sunset every last one was in. At a guess the swarm would not quite fit in a teacup.
I’m feeding them tonight- I’d give them a frame of brood - but could they keep it warm enough? I’m going to experiment and see if I can build them up to a proper colony.