We had our second swarm of the season yesterday. It came out of the same hive that swarmed last weekend, this one was much larger. This time the bees settled in a blackthorn tree just behind our house, about 10 feet above the level of our roof.
If you click on the picture you will get a larger view.
Peer couldn’t reach them from this side of the tree so he had to go around back and using a ladder he cut away some of the branches and then tried to knock them into a swarm catching bag. Unfortunately it didn’t work, he needed about 3 other hands to do the sawing, hold on the the ladder, grab the branch and balance it, etc. We had to go to a dinner party so we had to leave them….when we came home, unfortunately they were long gone.
An update on the artificial swarm that I told you about a few days ago…
The day after we added the queen, the bees were able to set her free and became quite happy and content once again. Peer moved them from the cellar, into their new home yesterday and they are doing really well. They are beginning to fly and to do all the usual “bee stuff” so all is well once again, in our little kingdom :O)