I walked out of my front door this morning into a cloud of bees swarming and settling on my front yard pecan tree. I don't know where they came from (their arrival direction didn't point from my hives), but they couldn't have come to a much more convenient location: three meters from my front door and three meters more to the location of one of my two hives that died out this past month. The bees didn't read the manuals that say swarming in Israel ends in April, so they did what they did. It's not a big swarm, but still it was mighty welcome. With some good TLC they should have a decent chance of making it through the winter. After they settled on the tree I moved them to a swarm box and from there to the empty hive. Here are some pics of the event. I tried to take a picture of the queen but she was too fast for me to hold the frame she was on while using the camera with my other hand. Every time I almost got her into focus she zipped over to the other side of the frame. I figured it was better to lose a picture than to lose a queen (I didn't have a queen cage). Tomorrow I plan on checking on how they are doing, seeing how many frames they cover and setting up a feeder for them: a jar of previously heated honey saved from my solar extractor, placed inside a covered second hive box, over an inside cover. In picture #4, the swarm is in the hive on the right. The swarms' arrival got the hive on the left quite excited and for several hours there was a good deal of extra activity around the entrance.