I was surprised that the beekeeper was so willing to come to our house so quickly. Later I discovered that collecting a swarm of bees is not like sending for a rat catcher. It is not even like mole catching. A swarm of bees has a value – and if you want to take them from a resting place like the one they had chosen that afternoon in our garden, then you only have until the next morning before they will be on the move again.
The old English saying goes:
“A swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay
A swarm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon
A swarm of bees in July is not worth a fly!”