First swarm call of the 2017/2018 season


#1

Today’s great weather has provided us with the first swarm of the 2017/2018 season.

This swarm was collected on the south side of Canberra this morning at about 10:00AM.


Swarm on an olive tree:


Swarm safely collected:

If you’ve got a swarm, let us know… we’ll remove it and rehome it without harming the bees.
https://www.canberrabees.com/


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#2

We ended up with three swarm calls yesterday. Here are some photos of another big swarm on a footpath at the ANU



#3

More swarms today…


#4

Three calls today, photos of one of the smaller swarms which fit perfectly into a 10 frame ideal box.


Thanks also to @Roland63 for picking one up on short notice today!


#5

More calls today, with this swarm needing a full 10 frame box :astonished:


#6

Plenty more calls… but the swarms all start to look the same so haven’t posted pics :smiley:

This one is a little different, from a rose bush on the weekend


#7

The swarms haven’t slowed this week, a couple of the more interesting ones:

Swarm in a worm farm / compost bin. The worms hadn’t moved in yet which the bees took advantage of:



Bee swarm on a sandwich board outside a coffee shop:


#8

Four more recovered today, three of the photos:




#9


#10

The swarms have been absolutely non-stop this season! Here are some more updates.


Something a little different.. a swarm had taken up residence in this guinea pig hutch/house!


..and lastly this huge swarm was picked up during the week, easily the biggest of the season so far!


#11

This one got called in during the training course yesterday. Thankfully the owner was happy to wait :sweat_smile:


#12

A couple more, the second is on the roof of a commercial car park.