Today I helped my friend Christine relocate some honey bees that had started to build a home in her lemon tree. I brought her a beehive, as well as all of my tree-pruning gear. It was super-windy, which made the ladder-work a bit alarming. But overall, this was a remarkably easy operation.
I'm such a dainty beekeeper. I keep my pinkies extended while I work.
But seriously, aren't the bees wonderful? Look at the beautiful comb that they have built. They'll be much safer inside a hive, when the rains (eventually) return.
I came prepared to pull apart the bees' comb. I had frames ready to go, with rubber-bands to hold the comb in place. But in the end, I decided to let the bees get settled inside the hive before I started ripping their home apart.
I'll go back over to Christine's place in the next week and do a bit of house-keeping. For the moment, I just want the bees to accept the hive as their home.