Yesterday evening, around 6, I was catching up on blogs. I went to Roberta's blog (Life At A Boarding Stable) and read that the bees that had stopped in a tree at her place had now moved on. When I went outside to join my husband on the back patio he mentioned that our bee swarm had moved on also.
These pictures are what's left of the bees this morning. A few stragglers remain who will most likely die, according to info gleaned from the internet.
If you look carefully you can see the beginnings of a honeycomb. It's that white waxy stuff on the branches and a bigger blob sticking out off the branch where the remaining bees are congregated. That was a surprise to me. I didn't think they would make a comb unless they were in their permanent spot.
At least now I can let the cows out of their pen for some exercise. I had been reluctant to do so with the bees in the tree because they like to rub quite vigorously on the trunks. I was afraid it would disturb the bees and they would come charging down to attack the bovines.
And, MT, one of these days I may keep a box of bees for our own use. But for now that will have to wait until we move to a bigger property. So look at it this way: It will give me time to read up about how to properly take care of them and what all is required to extract the honey.
One of these days.
PS-click on the first picture and you should be able to get a good blown up version.