August 18, 2013 WI from my hive.
August 18, 2013 WI from my hive.
Arlington, Ohio. 8-25-2013. About the size of a soft ball. Just moved into an old top bar hive that is headed to the burn pile. Swarm was new as there was only a quarter sized bit of comb started.
Transferred them to a 5 frame medium nuc box. Going to feed them heavily and add some brood from another hive later in the week.
Top bar has been empty of bees for over a year. One can see what happens when left empty for that period of time. Surprised the bees even moved in.
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Western Ky: 8-27-13 Caught a small swarm, about size of two softballs, Put em in a 5 frame Nuc and marked queen. They were on bottom of park bench, at an Elementary School. They were happy to get rid of em. I was glad to get em :-)
Saturday, August 31 in Pereau, Nova Scotia.
Went to a friend's yard, and heard bees above and beyond the yard's bees. Started looking around, and there was a big swarm about 20 feet outside his electric fence. Assumed it was his, but soon realized that it was only just arriving from somewhere else. There were tons of bees in the air, and it got bigger and bigger. We could see the direction they were coming from.
Swarm maxed out a 10 frame deep. Once we got it cleaned up, we could still hear bees in the woods. We looked around and soon discovered another swarm, about 50 feet up in a tree. Too high to get it, so we set up several swarm traps in the area. Fingers crossed now on that...
Last edited by Adam Foster Collins; 08-31-2013 at 10:08 PM.
I picked up a nice size swarm yesterday thanks to a phone call from my mother at our family camp, It was about the size of a basketball 35 feet up in a maple tree.
9/1 about 11:00 Am one of my hives swarmed. Went to a tree about 25 feet away but 50+ feet up on a branch that's about 2-3" in diameter. No way I could get them. I put another swarm trap up, a few were checking them out, but between 3 and 4 this afternoon they were off. I watched them go away which was interesting, but sad. Coatesville, Pa.
All right. Gonna play catch-up here. This is the year's data. I just recently started posting instead of just lurking so please forgive the old data.
Got two new hives March 19.
First swarm May 13 - Caught the swarm. Now had three hives.
Second swarm April 23 from second original hive. Did not catch that one. It flew away to help re-populate in the wild.
Got two new hives form a local keeper in Florida in May.
First swarm from one of these hives in July 20. Did not catch this one either...I think we ended up destroying it. Was very bummed
Had another swarm on July 23 from one of the first hives purchased in May. This was the second swarm for this hive. Caught it and it's doing fairly well.
Unfortunately we have 60' pines and oaks around here and when a swarm happens it's always WAAAAAYYYYY up in the trees. My boys have braved life and limb (sorry for the pun) to get the swarms. The one we think we destroyed happened when we cut the branch and instead of it coming straight down it hit another branch and dislodged the queen. We never found her and the remainder of the bees flew around confused and eventually made it back to the original hive.... Very sad day for me. I felt like I did more harm than good.
9-7-13, 2 miles from 89512 zip code. mid size swarm in bush. easy capture but interesting story. I was actually 250 miles from this swarm in the midst of a conference when I got the call. Managed to step out for two minutes and coordinated others to gather the swarm. Returned to the conference and 4 hours later was informed I now have 21 hives in my back yard. We are now only 2 short of our goal for this year. That is beekeeping in free style.
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A "puddle swarm". Did the queen look especially plump/unable to fly?
The queen's abdomen was quite small when I caught her, but she looked OK otherwise. I would never have recognized her if not for the mark. When I released her two days later, her abdominal size had returned to normal.
Thanks for sharing the term for this kind of swarm.
I captured my first swarm today 11/8/2013 here in "Hilliard" North Florida 32046. Small softball sized swarm. Very windy day and in the 60s.
Searcy, Arkansas (North Central) 11-2-2013 got a call about 4:00PM about a swarm on a redbud tree in Searcy.
I loaded up and totally thought it would turn out to be a wasp nest but when I arrived low and behold there was a cluster of honey bees.
I used a Bee Vac and left them in the cage that night in my house.
Next day I put them in a 6 frame hive and gave them a baggie of sugar syrup 2-1 with pro health.
Next day I merged them with another 6 frame hive and now they are doing great.
It's awfully late in the year but there they were.
I will take it they were feral bees.
Weather was 43 degrees F, clear, no wind.
Maricopa, Arizona 12/16/13
Swarm in an oleander bush about the size of two softballs. Daytime temp around 70, nighttime around 55
First swarm call of the year and earliest in 4 years! About a 6 pound swarm 12' up in a tree. Sunny, no wind, temps in the 60's but had a shot of rain in the AM................ Parent hive is about 40' away in a large hollowed out tree.
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Got the first swarm of the year on 2/17/14. About the size of a football. They are bringing in pollen already.
my hive just swarmed. a football sized swarm in the neighbors tree. i happened to be standing outside at just the right time. 2-22-2014
zone 10b air temp currently 82 at 11.23 am
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Jacksonville,Fl 32221 about the size of two softballs, it had just started raining, hopefully I got the queen. I got 95% of them in the box.
A swarm flew over me, about three weeks ago (approximately, 30 Jan 2014) . Just yesterday (22 Feb 2014) a swarm tried to take over my queenless cell builder colony, but I managed to divert them into an empty nuc with empty combs (they were still there, today).
A week ago, when visiting another beekeeper, about 18 miles, south of my location, we examined a few of his yards. He had not harvested any honey, 2013-2014, and most of his colonies still had capped honey from the summer of 2013, were not fed, anything, were strong and growing. I was there to harvest a few combs, each, from his strongest colonies - splits I could use, however I wished. He offered this, saying he owed me a favor. Who was I to argue. I'm sure some of them were getting ready to swarm, perhaps our split making may have slowed that process a bit.
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A swarm set up housekeeping today in our swarm box in West Palm Beach. Temp near 80 degrees. It's a first for us. Yay!