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    Default Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Hi All -
    I've been combing the threads trying to "watch" the swarming season creep up from the south.
    Seems like we're getting close.
    As you start seeing swarms in your area perhaps you might reply to this thread so we can track the season?

    A simple post of your location, weather, origin of swarm if known, and date would be great.

    Thanks in advance!
    -Erin
    Erin Forbes, EAS Master Beekeeper
    overlandhoney.com

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    A neighbor beek caught a swarm a week ago.. 5/10 - Thurmont, Md. 21788
    Last edited by kensfarm; 05-17-2007 at 02:42 PM.

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    My first and only call this season was on 4/30 and I got there in time to watch it fly away
    Ed, KA9CTT profanity is IGNORANCE made audible
    you can`t fix stupid not even with duct tape

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    My first call was May 4th and I have captured 3 additional swarms since then with 3 swarms out of the last 3 days. (Whew!)

    LOCATION: Olney, IL (Southern IL)

    WEATHER: Its been around the mid to upper 80's with high to moderate humidity. Lots of sunshine! We have had a cold snap come in this week with temps at night dipping to the mid 40's, so I hope that it will slow the swarm trend for a little. At least until I can get more equipment built!
    Last edited by Hill's Hivery; 03-31-2008 at 09:14 AM.
    If you see me runnin' you'd better keep up!
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    Location: Central Indiana
    Weather: Clear blue skies, Low 80's
    Date: Saturday, May 12th
    Origin of swarm: My hive. I thought I had gone "by the book" as far as swarm-prevention measures, but, off into the woods they went (avoiding the two empty hives I had sitting nearby, waiting for my packages to arrive).

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    Smile swarms

    2 swarms collected on 5/12/2007. My own hives had swarm cells 5/07/2007.
    Many of my hives are building up very fast now. All of my big hives looked swarmy 2nd week of May. So far I have got to all of my hives before they were able to swarm. But just when you think you have it all taken care of...........one of them will try something.

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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Ed next time they fly away have a pot in hand too BANG ON with your hive tool in about a 100 yards or less they will land

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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Quote Originally Posted by beefast View Post
    Ed next time they fly away have a pot in hand too BANG ON with your hive tool in about a 100 yards or less they will land
    Is this superstition or does it really work?

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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Quote Originally Posted by westernbeekeeper View Post
    Is this superstition or does it really work?
    Dont most swarms land inside of 100 yards from the swarming hive anyway? How many of us have actually seen our hives swarm and can think "Oh lets get the pot"? That's not my first thought. My first thought is "where's my toolbox (that has the queen catcher) and hive equipment to hive this guy?" Last summer I had just this thought when I looked out my kitchen window to see my hive swarm. Landed about 20 feet on the back side of the fence. Easy, and VERY fun catch!!

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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    76520, Small swarm on porch easy catch.

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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Medium swarm today, set up yesterday in a co-workers front yard about 10 feet up. Collected it at 5:00pm today, left the box for them to settle, will move it in the morning.

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    "Heeezzzzzz here...."

    That's what they must have said -- I showed up at a house to scope a soffit trapout and as I was speaking to the folks, the colony swarmed. I quickly put a dab of LGO on a small branch and within seconds, they formed a cluster 2-3 feet away and higher. Don't know whether that's a coinsidence or not but I did not care. Went home, got my gear and now, all the girls are in a deep -- they almost filled it! (Waiting for all the scouts and stragglers to come home, I will go back and get them in the dark tonight.)

    Hyde PArk, NY -- 12538.

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    89512, again in the tree next door. Again as far as I can tell not from my hives. This is the 4th swarm seen in this tree this spring 3rd one captured.
    Stand for what you believe, even if you stand alone.

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    First swarm of the season 1/8/2007
    weather in the 70's
    Mostly black queen from the wild blue yonder (into a Gumbo Limbo tree)

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    if you include zip codes I'll add this data to the database I'm building for bloom dates

    http://www.drobbins.net/bee's/blooms.html

    add good comments too, they'll be valuable down the road

    Dave

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    Zip. Still waiting here. Feel like the Maytag repair guy.
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    To everything there is a season....

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    earliest was 3/11 this year - 94401, saw a big one last week - 94063

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    May 15, 2007
    zip 16226
    sunny day in low 80's
    "Younz" have a great day, I will.

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    if you folks go here

    http://www.drobbins.net/bees/blooms.html

    then click the "Results" link
    and go to the blooms dropdown thingy (on the right) and select swarms, then click show swarms, you'll see all the swarm entries
    there's only a couple from me and the 2 odfrank just made
    notice the comments
    they'll be real useful a year or 2 from now (hint, hint)
    here's a clue, you can post your own info and I won't have to do it
    please mention here you did it so I don't have to go figure it out

    http://www.drobbins.net:8080/blooms/add_entry.jsp

    Dave
    Last edited by drobbins; 05-17-2007 at 06:49 PM.

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    Default QA County MD swarms end April

    2 swarms from the same colony, in my front yard, 21666, 70s and sunny, first April 232, second April 24. And I 'caught' one in Cambridge MD April 18
    Ann

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