Well, they are not actually my swarm and I cannot claim much credit for the collection part either. Len and Keith deserve all the credit for that – Keith’s foresight and Len’s confidence and agility deserving most credit. The family that spotted the swarm and called HWBKA swarm line would also be included – but I don’t want this to become a diva’s oscar speech.
I don’t recall ever being privileged enough to see a swarm – and I missed their arrival which must be a wonderful sight in itself – if a little daunting. I’ve received a swarm in my apiary but was not involved in the act of their collection.
I’ve put some video on you tube – a collection of the video footage I took at the time supplemented with some still photos and ‘titles’ to explain. You can see that here.
As the colony was intended for the Hughenden Buzz apiary project at Hughenden Manor, a more detailed account can be found here.