This afternoon my dad and I hived the huge swarm in Palo Alto. From the picture they look big but in person the cluster of honey bees is even more amazing. They landed on a thin branch and completely arched over towards the ground.
We got set up, took a few pictures, then it was cut and shake. There were so many bees we shook them into two medium boxes. It was a large swarm so after all the bees dropped it nearly filled half of a medium. I would guess this is about 5-6 pounds of bees, possibly more. Below is my dad next to the huge swarm to give you an idea how big it was.
It took a while to find the queen in this mass of honey bees running around.
We finally found her after I missed her the first time. She actually crawled out to the face of the hive box. She’s really really orange.
We caged her, added a frame of drawn comb, and left the hive there for pick up after dark.
Thanks Tim for calling us to save the honey bees!