Honey Bees on a tree in Cordova, TN

Honey bees rarely build comb on the outside of a trees in Tennessee. That’s why these photos are pretty cool.

Bees ON a tree instead of in one.

Bees ON a tree instead of in one.

Because there were so many observers, I smoked the bees a little to make them easier to work and less apt to fly out at everyone. We ended up with 3 households and 4 dedicated kids anxiously watching the whole event. I pondered if I should start charging admission fees at colony removals. Did Steven Spielberg start this way???

A little smoke to calm them.

A little smoke to calm them.

Because these bees had built comb, they were no longer a swarm, but were now a colony. Their benign attitude as a swarm changes to defense mode as a colony; they have honey and brood to protect. NO ONE GOT STUNG. But I donned the suit anyway.

Cutting the comb flat to fit in a brood frame.

Cutting the comb flat to fit in a brood frame.

The comb was cut from the tree and added to a nuc (nucleus) box. Then we waited for the stragglers to find the box and move in.

Bees crawling up the side to get into their new home.

Bees crawling up the side to get into their new home.