First she sprayed the bees with some sugar water to keep them happy and willing to stick around, as it were.
Then she trimmed off the upper parts of the branches the swarm was on, and some of the twigs sticking out.
Then she pulled out her high-tech bee-capturing container: a Hefty bag. If the fence had not been in the way, she would've just used the other high-tech gear: a cardboard box.
With the bag in place over the bees, she cut the two branches they were on. Whoops! A big clump of bees fell to the ground! Hope the queen wasn't in that clump.
Most of the bees were still in the bag, though. It went into the box.
She carefully brushed as many bees off the fence into the box as she could.
More brushing as she closed up the box.
Duct tape is handy for so many things. Note that she has taken her gloves off. No stings! The bees all just want to get to the queen, who we hope is in the box. It's hard to tell.
Voilà! Bees in a box!
Then a little personal tidying up before loading the bees into her Subaru. Leaving the beesuit on for the drive, of course. (Can you imagine?!)
Maybe next year my backyard will have some, too!