For those of you who enjoyed the swarm capture story, here is how the story continued over the next few days:
I mentioned bees in a swarm are not defensive; this is especially true after nightfall. Above is my daughter, Caity, curious and not wearing even the fundamental safety gear of socks, peering just about as close to a mess of bees as you can get.
I won’t waste time with much text here because if you’re truly interested I’ll be wasting a few minutes of your time with videos made by my intrepid videographer, Meghan. So click away on the videos below:
[Apologies to viewers using iPad: Links to flash video will not appear on your machines.]
The next morning, I moved many of the bees from the gray box into a temporary, makeshift hive.
Later that morning the rest of the bees were marching from the box into the hive.
After a few days we checked in on how the comb building was coming along.
After about a week this hive was moved to the other side of the neighborhood and became our second hive. (It’s the hive you’ve seen in photos elsewhere on this site.) Despite being a late-season swarm, with the addition of a full honey super from our first hive the new hive made it through the winter. The following spring they were requeened with a Russian queen and have continued to thrive.