My apprentice, Gill, and her hubby/carpenter/photographer, Steve placed a Seeley-type swarm trap on a tree a furlong or so from their apiary near a golf course in the Purbecks. Here’s a picture of it:
As you see, the bees hadn’t read the book properly and, although they found the box, built their comb under rather than in it! Gill contacted me for help, offering cake as a bribe! That was before Gormanston and other events so, in the meantime, they took the box from the tree and lowered it, complete with swarm on comb, into a brood box on a floor.
Eventually we were able to make a date to see to them. Gill had brought along string, knife, frames and elastic bands and I showed her how to use them.
The trick with the string is to tie loose loops around the frame so they can be slid along…
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