Alright well, do you remember how I was saying that I envy how you collect swarms without a veil G3? I'm SOOO glad I wore my full suit on this one... As soon as I shook it they covered me and started trying to sting. Eventually I saw why... although it LOOKS like a swarm, in the middle of that mess of bees was a piece of comb the bees had built already about 2" x 3" and the queen had filled it with eggs already. They were no longer acting like a swarm, but an open-air hive. The property owner lent me her camera and I snapped a couple of pictures that she said she would email to me, but she hasn't sent them yet. I'll post them as soon as she does.
One other cool thing... I actually saw the queen on this one, and watched her walk down into the hive, that was pretty cool, never found a queen in a swarm before, but then, technically I suppose this wasn't a swarm anymore. She's a big fat 'ole thing, and I say that with the utmost love! Looks like she's gonna be a good one.
Wow Ben, looks like you had a good day.
Thanks for taking the time to take the pics and share them. It isn't always the easiest thing to do and certainly not convenient by any stretch, stopping the work, taking off gloves, snapping a pic or two and then gloving up again. I tried doing it (photographing) while doing a cutout once and ended up with some nice pics leading up to the cutout and then when it was all done as well, but missed the good ones during the process. It is hard unless you have someone willing to take the pics as you do the work.
Appreciate your efforts to share.
Finally got the pics of the comb that they were building in the first one... It was totally hidden until I shook the bees into the box and man was I ever surprised when I did because like I said, they were not at all gentle like a swarm should be because they already had brood.