**DISCLAIMER** This is not in anyway my area of expertise and I was merely an observer of the action. Step 1 is most important – if you have your own swarm of bees – call somebody who knows something about that stuff!
WELCOME TO FUN WITH BEES: a step-by-step guide to collecting that wild swarm of European honey bees (Apis mellifera) that turned up in your garden that one time……
Step 1. Call up your mate who’s into that stuff and has all the appropriate boxes and know-how.
Step 2. Coat box with the scent of lemongrass. The bees something something the lemongrass something something.
Step 3. Snip the branch, pose for photo. Looking good!
Step 4. Known a ‘the shake’ – this is the official uniting of box and bee.
Step 5. Complete the box puzzle.
Step 6. Looks like the little critters have it all figured out. Job well done mate.
Step 7. OH MY EFFING GOD WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON OH THE HUMANITY!!
Step 8. Well this sucks!
Step 9. Is the swarm getting ready to leave or getting orientated to stay? Best to just sit and wait.
Step 10. Looks like the little critters have it all figured out. Job well done mate.
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**DISCLAIMER** I do, however, have some expertise in entomology and invasive species generally. Please flick through some other pages, posts and publications linked on this site – almost all of which relate to my (recently completed) PhD research on the interactions of invasive species in rainforest on Christmas Island.