Two Honeybee Swarms In One Day!

| 6/5/2013 8:44:54 AM

Tags: honeybee swarms, beekeeping, catching a swarm, Mary Murray,

As I’m about to complete my first year of beekeeping, it’s been a year filled with learning. I’ve read as many books as I can get my hands on, joined the local beekeepers club, tagged along with my beekeeping neighbor, and visited apiaries for a variety of demonstrations. And, with any luck, this year we’ll enjoy our first honey.

However, I never would have thought I’d be a part of back-to-back swarm captures!  Here’s how it all began…

My beekeeping neighbor found swarm cells during her last hive inspection, and so asked our bee mentor to take a look at them with her. I was invited to tag along, which is always a terrific way to learn something new

As I was putting on my bee suit, I received a message that she'd just discovered a swarm...what luck, and with our mentor on the way! It was amazing to see how the swarm was caught and then moved to a new hive. Viola...she instantly has more bees!

Here are a few snapshots of our adventure... 



The swarm was easily snipped from a nearby evergreen branch, carried to a waiting nuc, and the bees shaken off. They were incredibly gentle and easily settled into their temporary home.

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