Capturing my first bees
- My planned program for capturing the bees out of my sister's oak tree is
well underway. Of course there were several unforeseen developments.
First of all the hollow was a lot lower in the branch of the trunk than
I had expected which resulted in running out of enough light to work
before enough was cut to find that hollow. I didn't get there until the
next day. On another list there has been a discussion of using or not
using smoke. With this colony of bees, I have found only a couple of
times that smoke made a difference, once being when my helper, working
without a veil, had them attacking his hair and getting into it probably
because there had been fragrance in his shampoo. Another time was when I
needed to close a hole and there wasn't room to move them with my brush.
The only other occasions were when I really upset them and needed to
keep them from following me all the way back to my sister's house.
This has been quite an experience that I am actually enjoying more than
I could have guessed, although I have to say I regret that some bees
have died. I am absolutely certain that these are not African hybrid
bees, because they are amazingly docile. I have done most of my work
without even a veil. However, after I did something really dumb, I
started evaluating how annoyed the bees are likely to be when I do the
next thing I need to do. Since my plan requires that I create the
condition that the only way into and out of the tree is through my box,
I covered their entrance with screening. However, the fit was not
perfect and the bees found ways to get past the screening and started
accumulating on the outside of it. I then had to remove the screening to
stuff their hole in the tree with rags. I should have thought about the
fact that pulling the screening off the tree would throw a hundred or
more bees directly at me. I should have put on at least my veil and long
sleeves. This was the only time that I got more than a single sting here
and there, but it was my own fault.
I have been amazed at these bees' ingenuity and persistence in finding a
way to keep entering and leaving from the same area of the tree.
Unfortunately a rotten tree has multiple holes although the bees had
only been using one of them. I hope that I have closed the last of these
today, because I began seeing them enter and leave by my box.
In any case they have been in the box checking it out.
John (Konchok Jangchup Dorje ) Missing
(sacred.circle@... OR bishopjohnc@...)
Don't just do something, sit!