Well, as previously stated, I had to back out from going to Buds3 this year due to Little League Baseball. All was not lost though, my family took me for my birthday to watch South Carolina Gamecocks put a floggin on the Tennessee Vols baseball game. (I'm a huge fan of Gamecocks Football and Baseball) We sat right above the SC dugout and scored some autographs and pics. Ray Tanner, SC's coach, is a class act let me tell ya. He was more than willing to sign anything and even had his pic made with my two knuckleheads.
Anyways, on Sunday we had 2 makeup games to play. And wouldn't ya know it, right before time to leave, I got my first swarm call of the year. The caller was rather excited and said "man, theirs millions of bees everywhere in my business". Well shoot, you know I had to go see a million bee swarm so off I went. There was a bunch I must say but I lost count after 7,532 :-D. There were small clusters of them in every corner with large numbers bouncing off the plate glass windows-total and complete chaos. After a little finger sifting, "I found the Queen!". I placed her in a hive body in a queen catcher, a drop of lemongrass on the bottom board,fanning started, and the marching began. No tiger stripe, but a deep, golden colored, fat little lady she was.
Long story short, it was probably about a 2 1/2 swarm. The original colony is in a concrete block wall so I may try my first trapout soon. I missed not being able to go to Buds, but all in all, I had a great weekend.
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