A couple of summers ago our daughter pulled into her driveway and when she emerged from her car she could hear a very loud buzzing. She followed the sound to her neighbour's garage and could see a few bees going under the eavestrough soffit.
A couple of pertinent calls brought out a bee keeper to access the situation.
There was a whole colony of honeybees under the soffit, the result of a queen determining it was time to leave the main colony and start a new one.
When a queen makes this decision, she takes about 60% of the worker bees with her which is why there were so many bodies seen in the garage once the outside aluminum was removed.
This fellow gathered and scraped bees into a cardboard box and put them in a big wooden hive box he'd brought with him.
One last look for the elusive queen. Unfortunately she was likely way down in the wall; she and the remaining bees had to be killed before sealing the soffit.
There is a happy ending to this bee rescue. The bee keeper recognized them as feral bees, meaning they had been living in the wild and therefore wouldn't have the issues that domesticated bees do.
When they swarm to a new location they look for a cavity in a tree, rock outcrops or walls they can get into as they did here. (all photos courtesy of my daughter)
Since I'm sharing photos from my daughter, I also asked my cousin who is vacationing in Puerto Vallarta Mexico if I could use a collage she put on her FB. It's gorgeous, so I leave you with this last mosaic of the moon and painted sky. Thanks Sam. (Sandra)
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