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Bees in a park


Hello Matt,

I was walking my dog yesterday and noticed some bees up in a tree.

They have built 4-5 combs, and are out in the open attached to the underside of a branch.

I will get a picture to put up in a bit.

Is there any hope for this colony?

if so, what would be the best way to get thee bees into a nuc hive to try and over winter?

I guess they are about 20-30 feet up.

Thank you,




This happens every once and a while, though it is quite rare in my experience. Usually they are swarms that land on the branch temporarily, only to be trapped on the branch due to poor weather. They give up moving into a new home and begin building combs fully exposed.

I don’t believe there is any hope for the colony exposed like that. Unlike their relatives Apis dorsata (the giant honey bee) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apis_dorsata, European honey bees don’t do well exposed like that in the cold and rain!

Personally I wouldn’t risk a removal that high. I love honey bees, but I’m not going to risk my life to remove them.

However, if you’re intent on saving them, you’d want to get up there somehow and perform a cutout. You could potentially tie their combs onto some frames/top bars and set them into a hive.




Thank you Matt,

I figured as much.

My first thought was they will never make it through a couple of good rains.

Here are still a few pictures for examples on the forum.

http://i759.photobucket.com/albums/xx23 … ees004.jpg

http://i759.photobucket.com/albums/xx23 … ees005.jpg

http://i759.photobucket.com/albums/xx23 … ees006.jpg

Thank you,