June 2014 - Fear NO Honey Bee

Prime Swarm from Warre´ hive

Thursday, I had a prime swarm from my main Warre´ hive.  This was a new hive from 2 – 3# (6#lbs/ 2.72K)  They also had a few “semi-frames” of comb and 2 frames of honey and 2 boxes.  This package was installed back on May 8, 2014 -> swarm happened June 26, 2014.   Here is how the story goes.  I took the puppy out to bathroom about 10:30 and heard the obvious sound of bee’s in the air.  Figured it must be a swarm.  I walked over to the hives, to see which hive might of swarmed (1 Warre´, 2 Langstroth)  I couldn’t tell, but indicators it was from the Warre´.  I’m walking around the backyard looking up in the tree’s trying to find the source of the sound.  I finally spotted flying around, >75’ (23m) and thought well it’s going to be impossible to get them.  I head back to the hives to try and check more (in the meantime calling my wife to come out)  As I get close to the hives, I see an abnormal amount of bee’s on the ground.  About to take a step and thought to myself that looks like a queen.  Sure enough the queen and about 5 direct attendants are walking on a piece of lumber.   From here things happen fast.  We scoop up the queen and 5 attendants.  I take and go over to my Warre´ bait hive.  I go to the front of it while my wife is at the rear looking in the windows.  I tilt the cage and let the queen and attendants walk in.  2 of the...