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I made this swarm collection bucket according to the plans and instructions in the May 2011 of Bee Culture magazine. Basically I just bought a 5-gallon bucket with a snap-shut lid at Ace Hardware, cut off half the tabs on the lid for easier on/off action, cut out most of the plastic in the lid and replaced it with #8 hardware cloth. I stapled the hardware cloth to the top of the lid with 1/2" wood staples, flipped the lid over and bent the ends of the staples in by pressing down with my hammer.
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And voila. This should be more convenient for transporting caught swarms than a cardboard box.
 

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be sure to take along a couple of sections of 1 1/2" or 2" pvc pipe and duct tape for an extension.

that way you can reach a little higher up in a tree (or whatever) and still be standing on the ground, be sure to wear your veil when doing that..............don't ask how I know that!!
 

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When you put the lid on, there will be a few hundred bees still in the air. I would install a couple small wire cones so they could go in, but not out.
 

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Iddee said:
When you put the lid on, there will be a few hundred bees still in the air. I would install a couple small wire cones so they could go in, but not out.
That... is... brilliant!!!

Congratulations Iddee, you just revolutionized the way I'm going to catch swarms this year. :thumbsup:
 
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