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Thread: Feral Swarm

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    I recently located a feral swarm on the North side of a vacant house here in S.E. Ks. They have 13 Combs varing in length from 5" -22" Hanging down about 12 - 14". The cluster seems to be in the center of the combs with a lot of dead bees around the outside which I suppose would be natural since the temp. has been down to 0 deg. I checked on them Tues. when the temp. was 60 deg. and there was several flying. They are under the overhang right out in the open. There is a hole where they could get into the attic but I guess they didn't want inside.

    Just shows that bees can survive without human intervention. Guess they have for Thousands of years. Going to try to get them into a hive when it warms up some more. Will keep you posted. Dale


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    Please post some pictures as well. - Martin

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    Aug 2002
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    Hello Russ,

    Most interesting! Would it be possible to record any observations concerning comb and cell orientation? Also very curious about cell size especially in the center of the broodnest. What kind, how much and where?

    Pictures would be great. What a neat opportunity.

    Best Wishes
    Dennis


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