This is the tale that began in 2006 in my first year of beekeeping in Atlanta, GA. …there's still so much to learn.
It was about the size of a basketball and on the side of a very slanted backyard. It was a little hard to get to, but the homeowner said it was fine to clip back the holly. Before dealing with this swarm, I clipped all the branches between myself and the bees (or why it's a good idea to carry pruning snips in your bee bag).
This story has some more great bee pics!
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