First swarm collection for the season! Ben got a call for swarm pick up in Pascoe Vale. It was on the trunk of a plum tree in the backyard (pic 3), which seemed easy enough. But unfortunately, the queen had other ideas! She took off before he could get her in the box, and eventually the rest of the colony absconded too. The swarm settled two houses over in a cumquat tree (pic 2). Fortunately, the neighbours were very understanding and 2nd time around, they all settled into the hive box. They are now happily at home in Eltham North! It turns out, the callers were Bonnie and Cade of @smalt_cold_smoked_salt , an artisan business that smokes local produce, including honey.
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