On Tuesday, just after getting back from retrieving a large feral swarm(in the dark!), I got the email that the package I order a week prior was now ready for pick-up. The email couldn't have come in a worse time with prior commitments every night through the end of the week! So last night (right after coaching Thursday soccer practice), I drove down (~30 minutes) to pick up my bees and got them home at dusk. On Friday, I knew I wouldn't be home at least until 10pm, so either I need to hive these in the dark, or wait until first thing Saturday morning which REALLY I didn't want to do... The swarm on Tuesday needed both deeps I had available, but I had nuc boxes and three drawn frames set aside for swarm traps. Two of these included a bit of honey stores from my hive that failed to over-winter. Once scrambling to find two frames with foundation to fill a nuc and getting everything together it was well after dark. It was a warm night (still 70 degrees out) so I wasn't worried about it being too cool. Only being lit by a distant flood lamp on my garage and a flashlight to locate the queen, hiving this package COULDN'T HAVE BEEN EASIER! Give the rush, I didn't prepare a spray bottle of syrup or even light my smoker. I simply removed the syrup can and queen, tamped them down, and dumped them in. Wednesday the ferals were hived in pre-dawn half-light on a very cool morning (and in a hurry as I still had to get to work!). I had a limited number of flying bees, but moved quickly through a tamp, flip and dump into the empty upper deep. The last time I hived packages mid-day was over 20 years ago. I distinctly remember being in the middle of a cloud of pissy, confused bees that then followed me a good 50 feet or more before abandoning the chase. Last night, I only had a small handful of flying bees and a few that crawled onto my jacket. Those that did fly, went toward the reflected light on the white of the hive box (and my jacket) or oriented to my breath (bumping my veil) but these were very few in number. Honestly, I'd rather brush off a few crawling bees in the dark than deal with a cloud of potentially aggressive ones (particularly considering that I have neighbors)! The only mistakes I made were a few too many crushed bees (in hiving both colonies), and in forgetting to bring out a mini-marshmallow to plug the queen cage (no candy in her cage darn it!). The queen was directly released into the nuc. In checking on the nuc this morning, they appear to have accepted the box (time will tell), with only a few guard bees at the door and a handful of orientation flights (still sorting it out!). Anyone else hive a package in the dark before???