Collecting a honey-bee swarm 🐝
I just did the bravest thing I’ve ever done!
I held the bucket under a queen bee and her loyal swarming followers…
… while my friend’s husband, Tim, cut the branch the bees were on!
Close-up of the swarm
I admit I was terrified and Simone claims that I screamed but really I just declared that I was very scared. (When the branch was cut the bees could feel it moving into the bucket and the buzzing was so loud in my ears and I just imagined them landing on me even with my eyes closed.)
How did the amazing opportunity arise for me to help move a honey-bee swarm?
My friend’s husband used to be a bee keeper and when someone had a new swarm in their yard, he was called.
He collected them and put them in a tub.
Tim followed them into the next yard where the bees had formed a protective swarm over the queen.
Which is when I volunteered to bravely hold the bucket!
After the branch and bees where in the bucket, Tim put a lid on it, took the bucket over to the hive box and put it in, and put a tarp over it…
This time the queen went into the hive box instead of flying away!
We were then given a lesson on bees, their hive, and how honey is made.
FYI- honey is bee vomit… mmmm 😋
I hope that by seeing just how docile bees are the kids and I won’t fear them this summer! After all… We do love honey! 🐝
Thanks again Noreen and Tim – I hope your hive thrives and that you pollinate the neighborhood and get lots of honey! 🌸🐝🌸🐝🌸🐝🌸🐝