Backyard Beehive Adventures

We had a very adventurous day at the studio Monday!  Jennifer the Bee Wrangler came over to help move a bee hive that was living in a tree in the yard.  The tree has been dropping limbs and badly needs to be trimmed but the tree guys will not go near it until the bees are gone.  I have been interested in bee keeping for a while and really wanted to keep the hive.   I've even been making honey comb like sculptures, subconsciously inviting bees into my life.  Miraculously, a friend pointed me to Jennifer, a local Houston bee wrangler, who will come and take the bees, allowing them 2 months to regenerate their hive and then bring them back to install in a new box hive in my yard.  Check out Jennifer's site and blog at  The images below to give a glimpse of the amazing process she uses to get the bees out of the hive.   Here's a hint: it involves a shop-vac!

subconscious sculpture
honeycomb inspired sculpture

Step 1: making smoke to calm the bees
making smokeblowing smokethe hiveJennifer suits upsmoking the beesway up in the tree

Step 2: Cutting off the honeycombs
cutting off the combsone piece at a time
putting the comb in a rack
going up for moreone more piece

Step 3: The vacuum
now to vacuum
bees sucked in

Step 4: Cutting the hole bigger
now to cut that hole biggerhoney dripping out

Step 5: Searching for the queen and pulling out more honeycombs from inside the hole
more honeycombs inside the holeputting the combs in frames

Step 6: Making sure the queen did not fall out!
making sure the queen did not fall on the ground

Step 7: Checking out the honeycombs
checking out the honey
bee's wax and honey
Honeycombs are cool!

Looks like the queen is in there!
relocated hive

Hive relocation SUCCESS!!  Thank you Jennifer!!
relocated hive