kent smith wrote:interesting to see what you are doing. A week and a half ago I tried to capture my first swarm and missed. I got a call in the evening and but the time I got there it was getting dark and the ladder we brought did not reach high enough into the tree that they were in. I came back the next day with my longer extension ladder, cut a few branches and got the ladder up by the swarm. This was at the top of a 36' ladder. As I was getting up the ladder the whole swarm took off. I followed them and they landed on the opening in a hollow tree about 100 yards away. by the time the swarm started to settle and I got my bucket to capture them the queen must have entered the tree. I got quite a bit of the swarm in the bucket an took them back closer to the road where I had put a hive and let them climb into the hive. When I went back that night to see if I had the swarm the hive was empty and the hollow in the tree was alive with bees.
So my question to you is it worth going back and trying to trap out this swarm? and would I get the queen or would I have to re-queen with either a frame of just laid eggs from another hive or to buy a queen. The owner of the property is glad to get the bee out, but I do not to cut the tree. Any advice.
kent smith wrote:Tel, just curious how your new hive is doing?