I came home from work the other day and found a swarm of bees in a tree. It was already past 7 PM but I knew I could not wait to capture them.
I didn't build the trap that I intended to build last summer. It was put on the back burner and then forgotten. I had purchased the parts and in my mind I had figured out how to build it. But ... as with so many things over this past year it just didn't get done.
We put together a collection tool and (thankfully) I suited up to collect these bees. I forgot one important step, to spray the bees with sugar water. They were MAD and went after me. I wore dark pants so they went after my legs. I don't know how may times I was stung ... but quite a few. I got as much of the swarm as I could but I didn't get it all. (I am SO thankful for the homeopathic remedies that took the pain and swelling away as soon as I took it)
I went back to the tree an hour or so later and found that all the bees had returned to the initial swarm in the tree. I didn't get the queen!!!! It was to late (dark) to attempt another capture.
I was hoping that the swarm would stay in the tree the next day while I was at work. Unfortunately they didn't stay. When I got home from work they swarm was gone. That swarm was worth $150 ... and it just flew away. I was pretty darn sad!!!!
I lost 3 hives of bees this winter ... this is the biggest lost I have ever sustained and it appears I will not be able to recover it.