We enjoy videoing various bee yard tasks, especially catching swarms. In theory honeybees don't bother you when they are swarming. We have found this to be true in reality as you can see from the lack of protective gear in the videos. I'm so confident of this now that I allow the children to be nearby when hiving a swarm.
We had three swarms within about two hours. One went back in the hive and two landed within a few feet of one another before merging into one giant swarm.
An interesting catch. We had to hive it twice before they stayed home. I'm surprised they didn't get really mad at us ... actually they did a little bit! The last swarm of the 2008 season.
The first swarm we caught on video (2007). It doesn't get any easier than this.
Installing a package in early spring 2008, before swarm season started. It wasn't the nicest weather to be doing this without a veil, but the bees didn't get too upset.
The first swarm of the 2008 season. I started out doing this by myself, but Israel wandered by and helped with the filming. It is a little shaky and upside down at times.