A swarm moved into a bait box I put out a couple of weeks ago. A week’s worth of rainy weather and a busy schedule delayed my check on it until today. Little did I remember that I had only put five frames in the box! The bees had decided they preferred to build on the inner cover rather than in the undrawn frames I provided for them.
I treated the renegade comb as I would had I been doing a removal. I cut the comb off the inner cover with my hive tool and carefully checked to make sure the queen was not on the comb. I then pressed the comb gently into the frame wires and secured it with rubber bands. With any luck, the bees will work their magic, repairing my mess and drawing new wax to more firmly attach the comb to the frame and supporting wires.
As it turned out, the queen was on the very last comb I moved. The queen marking color for 2015 is blue, but this girl got marked with purple, a non-standard color that reflects my inability to accurately determine her age. The swarm I caught in this location last year is thriving; I have high hopes for this colony as well.