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