Swarm in top of pine tree.
By this time last year we were on about our third swarm. The weather last year was horrible after we installed the girls. Cold, rain, and not enough drawn out comb had them swarming. All the beekeepers in the area were having trouble. This year has been better. I was sad to see last evening, one of the hives had swarmed. At this point I am not exactly sure who the guilty culprit is because all the hives still looked hopping last evening. We were able to capture all eight swarms last year, but this one is up to high for me to retrieve.
Honeybee at base of pine tree clinging to grass under the swarm.
This poor little girl was exhausted and clinging to a blade of grass at the foot of the pine. They tend to fall at the base of the swarm as they get cold and weak. Queen Dora had a few swarm cells when we checked last week. We considered splitting the hive then, but tried spacing them some instead. I am betting it is Dora up in the tree.
I placed an empty super at the base of the pine HOPING a scout would find it and call the girls home. It was 45 degrees out this morning when I went out to check on the swarm. Still in the tree. The last time a swarm landed this high, they moved lower by the end of the day and I could nab them. Keeping my fingers crossed....