Thursday, April 25, 2013

Catching Feral Honeybees

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This evening as Robb and I were drinking coffee, I got a call from an artist who has a studio near where I work.  He had noticed a swarm of bees on some juniper bushes, and called the local beekeeping hotline to find someone to help remove the bees.  I was that someone.

It's a lot of fun, going out on these sorts of calls.  I meet fascinating people -- the kind of people who are aware of their surroundings, and who take action to help random insects.  They make the effort to find a local beekeeper, instead of ignoring the situation or calling an exterminator.

This particular swarm was probably the easiest I've ever collected.  They were just a few feet off the ground, so I didn't need to bring along a ladder.  Eric, the bee-finder, was willing to help me carefully cut off the juniper branch, so that I could move it, with all the bees into a waiting hive-box.  While we were waiting for all the straggler-bees to join their friends in their safe new home, we chatted about mutual friends and he showed me his very impressive studio.

I drove back to East Oakland with a smile on my face, and a car full of bees.

Tomorrow while I'm at work, Robb will move the bees out of the branch-filled box and into a tidy beehive in our back yard.  I like how collecting homeless bees is a group effort.


4 comments:

Steve, Christa, Emily, Meghan, Charles & Elizabeth said...

It would be interesting to hear his reaction about recieving some honey from the hive he helped find a home.

Carolina said...

Wow! What a wild adventure. Love the photo.

Stefaneener said...

Oh, goody. I didn't know you needed bees.

Anne Bonny said...

You're just cool, that's all there is to it.

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