Swarm Catching – 3

Tale of a NaplesBees Apiary swarm chase………

Saturday,  October 31,2015, we happened to notice a ball of bees on the back top edge of one of our larger hives.  It was a swarm.  So we quickly set up a new hive box with frames and sugar syrup in order to see if we could catch it……

  1. Sweep the ball of bees into a bucket and dump into the new empty hive.
  2. The bees leave and ball up on an old satellite dish.
  3. Sweep the ball of bees into a bucket and dump back in the new hive
  4. The bees leave and ball up on the outside of the new hive (video below starts) and then move over to the hive corner where I first saw them (video below end)
  5. Sweep the ball of bees into a bucket and dump back into the new hive box
  6. This time, they leave again and go over to the bee cam and cover the housing.
  7. Sweep the bees into a bucket and dump back in the new hive box.
  8. This time, I close up the new hive box entrance and leave them until the next day, hoping that they will get acclimated to the new location.
  9. Next day, I open the hive entrance, and they instantly boil out and swarm to a high branch in a tree.  Out of reach, I leave a nuc box on a ladder, thinking they may find that suitable.  I give up as I’ve given it my best shot…. 4 bucket transfers attempts.
  10. Next day, I see activity at the entrance of the new hive box.  If this is the same swarm I had been chasing, then they, for some reason, decided to come back to the new hive box that they originally had been dumped into and left 4 times…… go figure…….


WildFlower Apiary Hive Swarm – October 31, 2015