Easy like Sunday morning… another swarm

Another day, another swarm.  Or, Life in a Tennessee Apiary in May.  There were three swarms at the Cedar Glade yard in the span of 10 days.  And there were three more swarms in and around the Honey Sun yard in Rutherford County, all within 10 days.  It’s been a busy spring and we’re just half way through the season.

The swarm featured below was first spotted about 5:00 PM on Saturday, May 5th, but Steve and Greg were both liver-deep in celebration of Independence Day with our amigos to the south, so were unavailable to catch it until Sunday morning.  Fortunately, the girls stayed put and the weather was good over night with a low temp of only 71F.   The cluster was about 25′ above ground on a hackberry limb, at just about the limit of Steve’s swarm-catching bucket.  It took a 6′ ladder and three good bumps to get them all, but they are now the proud residents of hive #15 at Honey Sun Apiaries.

Swarm #3 at the Cedar Glade yard

… s-t-r-e-t-c-h and bump

Steve taking another dump

For more photos of this swarm and capture, see the Swarmy Apiary photo gallery on the In The Apiary page.


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