Swarm #4

Here’s another one. I normally wouldn’t wear a suit for a swarm, but these most likely were hanging on the branch overnight. 

Posted in beekeeping, Swarm Season 2017
3 comments on “Swarm #4
  1. I got my face stung off shaking a dry swarm with no suit last week. Never again.

  2. solarbeez says:

    When I first got started in beekeeping, I got a ‘made in heaven’ swarm. It was on a low bush. I cut a few branches off and shook the bees into the bucket. The next day I noticed a bait hive was inhabited. “Cool, I know just what to do.” All the way home we could hear loud buzzing coming from the box. I wasn’t worried. Since it was going to rain the next day I tell my wife, “We’re gonna dump these into the log hive and be sipping tea within 15 minutes.” NOT. The top bars in the bait hive were spaced too far down. The bees had built comb up there. When I unscrewed the 4 screws to pop the lid off, the bees came unglued. Since I had felt so cocky, I hadn’t tucked in my bee suit. I had bees stinging my ankles, wrists, and stomach. When they got up INSIDE my bee suit, I came unglued. Now whenever I get bees I am very humble.

    • Brian says:

      It only takes once to remind you. Even though I have built up quite a tolerance to bee stings I still always at least wear a veil.

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