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Collecting an established colony of bees

These photographs show collecting a colony of bees which had established themselves behind a large retaining wall.  I didnt realise it until I had started that there was a concrete base behind the wall of at least 8" thick.  As I started to excavate bees came out of every crevice possible attacking me big time. I ended being stung everywhere despite wearing protective clothing and as a result had to retreat into the nearby field for cover.  Once everything had calmed down I gained full access to the colony, who were then much more protective than before.  The end result was that the bees were removed succesfully and then re established in one of my hives.   (Click to enlarge)

The retaining wall
The retaining wall
The bees are behind the wall using a crack as an entrance
The entrance
The entrance
The bees don't need much to get in and out
On top
On top
The bees are behind the wall and under 8" of concrete
Excavation
Excavation
Revealing the colony. They got very angry during this process
The result
The result
A sticky mess after excavation. By this time the bees were in retreat.
The hole
The hole
What was left behind
Removal of colony
Removal of colony
By balancing a Super on the wall and pursuading the bees to go into it
Underneath
Underneath
A view from below
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