Swarm – captured in hive
Full bellies and no homestead to defend keep swarms mellow,
and so some beekeepers like to capture swarms to augment their operations.
For a small-scale apiarist with extra time,
a swarm represents a free package—often when packages are no longer in season.
I would have liked to adopt the swarm, too, but I lacked a spare hive.
Instead, I sent out a late-afternoon email on the 4th of July to some beekeepers I've met
in the area.
A few hours later, the bees had their new home, the grateful beekeepers had their extra colony,
and I had a new experience under my belt. It was an easy job dispatched with pruning
shears and calm movements.
Your local beekeepers' association likely publishes a list of volunteers eager to retrieve swarms
at no fee, and you can contact one if a swarm should layover in your yard.