I got a call from a guy who said he had always wanted to keep hives. He said he was a Marine at Camp Smith in Honolulu. He saw a swarm “manned up,” his words not mine, and caught them. I asked him what he put them in since he didn’t have any equipment. He had them in a cardboard box, sealed very well. He brought them over and we put them in a nuc. My wife asked how he had caught them. He said he rolled down his sleeves, put a t shirt on his head and sunglasses. He said he held the box under them and shook the branch. How brave is that? He doesn’t have a place to keep them so we are going to help him out with that.
- What a day!
- Sometimes they stay, sometimes they don’t