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I was surprised to get a call for removing a swarm of bees at a local nursing home this week. I’m not sure why a colony would swarm during the hottest, driest part of the summer, but there they were. Swarming is usually nature’s way of making additional bee colonies. In fact, sometimes you hear old-time beekeepers call it “artificial swarming” when they divide their hives. This swarm was about 15 feet from the ground. From the bed of the truck I stood on a chair. With one hand I reached up to pull the branch down to the hive box that I held up in my other hand, then with one hard shake of the limb the bees fell straight into the box. I took them right away to the Mill Creek bee yard and fed them. They seemed happy when I left but I’ll go back and check on them next week.


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