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  1. #1
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    Default A swarm about to happen, then canceled?

    These are pics of what I thought was a swarm about to happen but after 30 minutes all the bees went back into the hive. The pics don't show the large amount of bees that were in the air.

    Does this happen often?




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    May be just orientation flights. Many times I've thought a swarm was imminent when it was just orientation flights of many soon to be foragers. Sometimes in the mid-afternoon I've seen this apparent frenzy of activity make the rounds of several colonies. One would wind down, while another was winding up. Quite a site to see.
    Last edited by Joseph Clemens; 04-25-2007 at 12:11 AM.
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    that is a lot of bees for orientation flights....

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    It was a group effort to move that limb
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  5. #5
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    Coincidentally, that limb is one I cut down to capture a swarm. That's the swarm box it's in front of after I relocated it and combined it with a weak hive.
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