Hubby placed the home owner's stepladder underneath the branch, and I held the nuc box (containing frames of honey) as he shook the branch of bees into it. We left the nuc there for the cloud of bees to settle into.
It didn't take them very long to decide this looked like a good place to set up housekeeping.
The swarm was a bit smaller than the previous one, but still a nice lot of bees.
We left the bees alone for an hour or so and when we came back, they were ready to pack up.
Can you find the queen? This one is striped (not all are).
Here she is:
The nuc was left overnight, and in the morning hubby transferred them into a regular big box for them to begin to grow their colony. The old adage tells us that "a swarm in July isn't worth a fly" meaning that these bees will spend the rest of the season building up their strength in numbers, and not make any honey in our short season. However, with luck they should be ready and strong for next year.We hope that's it for Queen Street swarms!