Catching the perfect swarm: 

This little beauty was on a small tree and walked straight into my new hive.  No skill required!

Firstly, I set up my hive up ready by the overloaded sapling… (always have a basic hive kit handy https://www.hiveworld.co.nz/product/basic-hive-starter-pack/ )

catching the perfect swarm

catching the perfect swarm

Secondly, I gave the tree a gentle shake and quite a few bees dropped onto the corflute ramp I had placed leading into the hive.

The scout bees obviously liked what they saw and the bees just poured up the ramp into the hive – a textbook hiving!  Cool to see the tree appearing again!

 

catching the perfect swarm

catching the perfect swarm

All off the tree and the last bees piling on in.  During all this time there was a large number of bees standing beside the entrance to the hive with their backsides up pointing the way into the hive.

It was a truly amazing sight to witness such an orderly housewarming!  The whole thing took about half an hour.  This was my first experience of catching the perfect swarm.

 

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