Young Avenue Deli Swarm

For many in Mid-town Memphis, Young Avenue Deli is a staple for lunch and/or dinner. Would you believe they support saving the honey bees also??? Gotta love Tiger and the guys! I was called last night about a swarm of honey bees in a tree across Young Avenue. Their customers were watching from the deli patio as the bees were taken from the tree. They got the show of a lifetime, and a few laughs also. As the bees were shaken from the limb to a cardboard box, they left the box and returned to the limb. We finally had about 5 lbs. of bees in one box (taped securely), another with about 3 lbs. and a bucket with the queen and the remaining stragglers.

Very large swarm 20+ ft. up in the tree.

Very large swarm 20+ ft. up in the tree.

The bees stayed in a box overnight and while there they… They set up shop.

5 palm-sized combs started by the bees

5 palm-sized combs started by the bees

After emptying 2 boxes and one bucket, they are entering their new home.

Deli bees in their new home

Deli bees in their new home