This is so amazing! To continue my last post, the bee guys arrived. The fellow in the dark t-shirt is our neighbor who is a first-year beekeeper. He has a huge vegetable garden (read: half a farm) but I didn’t know he’d started to keep bees. The swarm is from one of his bee boxes. The fellow in the light shirt is an experienced beekeeper who is teaching our neighbor about beekeeping.
They brought a bee box, a bed sheet and various tree-trimming tools. They laid the sheet on the ground and placed the bee box on it and proceeded to trim the branches of the tree that were in the way of reaching the swarm.
Then they carefully cut off several smaller branches that had sub-swarms (for want of a better word) on them and shook the bees onto the sheet in front of the bee box. The box has beeswax in it and that attracts the bees into the box.
Then they put on their netted bee hats and cut the branch with the large swarm.
Holding the branch near the bee box, they lightly shook the bees from the branch onto the sheet.
Now all that’s left to do is wait for them to move into their new house.