Well, the bees went back ontot he stump, so I will have to try to be brave and scoop them somehow off the trunk, into a pail or something. then shake them into the hive.
Here is a photo of them whilst they were in the tree:
DayValley, get you a cardboard box, smear a little lemongrass oil on one side, walk up to the cluster, have no fear, shake them good and they will fall into the box, if you can cut the limb with the cluster then move the cluster into a hive box by shaking them. its that simple. If you have a frame of brood and honey place that along with some drawn out comb and some other frames that have starter strips or foundation and they'll do the rest. Swarms are fun, if you get stung, its usually by accident. If you can't cut the limb or shake them, gently take handfuls of bees and place them in the box or hive body, whatever and be on the lookout for a tight cluster around the queen. You'll know if you got her or not by the bee's response. If the vast majority go back to the limb she's still there. If they stay in the box, you got her. There will be a certain amount that go back to the limb anyway, just be concerned with the majority. Have fun!!!!