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10.19.2012

First Swarm Catch- Sweet Hope Moves Into Faith

Love and Grace, the Russian Queens are doing well in their hives and their field bees are collecting goldenrod and purple aster and other wildflower pollen like crazy right now in the last major blooms before the midwinter camellias blossoms.
 Left to right..
Love, Sweet Hope with her swarm,  Empty Faith and Grace.


 However, Sweet Hope, the Italian Queen, has proven to be less stable than the Russian Queens and shown her vulnerability, and evidently hive beetles forced her out.( ? )  She swarmed and left the hive. 
She left pollen and some honey and  some brood behind.  Also signs of hive beetles.. not alot.. but enough, and evidently too much for her to live with.

I found her unmistakable golden bee swarm hanging on a fallen red oak limb near my patch of lemon balm in my herb garden.
Sweet Hope's Swarm Hanging on
the Felled Red Oak Branch in my Herb Garden
 It was HUGE!
I put on my suit, crept up to the swarm, and placed an empty NUC under neath the swarm. I tapped the branch twice and the swarm dropped in beautifully. I closed the box and walked off with Sweet Hope to bring her back down to the hives. I cleaned out her old hive,  it was now beetle free.. as well as Faith's old hive,  which was certainly beetle free, and put new frames into  Faith's hive.  It turned out that the nuc had a hole in it.. so I prepared Faith's  hive and placed Sweet Hope  quickly into it.... and also placed  a sugar and crisco patty inside with some food and then placed an aster  spring into the entrance to keep it closed. 
 After a few minutes.. I checked inside.. Sweet Hope's  bees were quiet and calm inside Faith's Hive. tomorrow I will check them again, and remove the Aster.

I hope that she will stay in Faith's Hive, as she has a better chance of surviving the winter there. 

It was my first swarm catch, and although not a 'wild " swarm.. was an exceptionally amazing experience to drop that whole swarm into the Nuc like that.

Such is the primal , giving, beauty that is nature.  
Once again, the bees never cease to amaze me.. and teach me so much in the process.

 Left to right.. new placement
Love,   Hope's old Hive, and Sweet Hope Moved into Faith's Hive and Grace.