I have been a friendly beekeeper for many years now and always wanted a second hive but I have never been in the right place at the right time until one day about 3 years ago. I received a call from a friend with a swarm in her garden. I flew over at the speed of light to capture the swarm, brought it back home and placed the box of bees in front of their new home. I sat and waited with excitement ... and waited ... and waited but they didn’t move. I took a frame of honey and put it in their new home to try to persuade them inside. Still no movement it was now nighttime and I had an early shift at work so I left them. When I returned the next day they were still in the box with bees coming and going. I went back to where I found the swarm to see if I had left the queen behind but there was no sign of anything so I returned and watched in anticipation. It looked so easy in all the videos. The bees just March in an orderly fashion into their new hive. But no not my bees. Suddenly a tiny moment of noise and commotion up they went and within a few seconds had completely disappeared into an oak tree a few meters from my farm. They continued to go back and forth to my hive for a couple of days until they had taken every last drop of honey from my frame. Those bees are still living happily in that oak tree 4 years later and I am very happy that I helped them to establish their new natural home. I thought to myself that imagine if every beekeeper that is doing controlled swarming set a swarm of bees into the wild every year, bees would definitely no longer be in danger. It is only the beekeeper that is a danger to bees.
1 Sep 2020