Wow, that is sooo cool looking JP! I would love to find one of those!
Thanks for the replies. Kathy you are right, I guess I didn't really think about the fact that swarms might not be truly "feral". The whole genetics discussion is what got me thinking about it, and just how cool it would be to catch a hive that might improve my bees!
Is there any way to tell where a swarm might have come from, or if they are truly 'feral' or not? I know of hives in 2 neighborhoods, both about 3-6 miles away from mine, but it's not like we're dripping with bees and I think I'm the only one in my immediate area. Is there a trick to finding them or is it pretty much just luck?
Thanks again for your replies. There just so many questions and thoughts!
I better only have a half a cup of coffee next.