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  1. #2081
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    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.

  2. #2082
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    Searcy, AR in the Ozark Foothills
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    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.

  3. #2083
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    Aug 2013
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    Maricopa, AZ
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Maricopa, Arizona 12/16/13
    Swarm in an oleander bush about the size of two softballs. Daytime temp around 70, nighttime around 55

  4. #2084
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    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.

    Livermore, California.
    Coyote Creek Bees

  5. #2085
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    Apr 2012
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    San Antonio, Texas, USA
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Got the first swarm of the year on 2/17/14. About the size of a football. They are bringing in pollen already.

  6. #2086
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    Jul 2013
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    Palm beach Florida USA
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    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

    http://youtu.be/egr18zE1heU

    gene
    Last edited by Genemiller; 02-22-2014 at 09:58 AM.

  7. #2087
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    Jacksonville, Florida
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    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.

  8. #2088
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    Tucson, Arizona, USA
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    85743-8872

    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.
    48 years - 50 hives - TF
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  9. #2089
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    Jan 2014
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    Lake Worth, Florida, USA
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    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!

  10. #2090
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    DuPage County, Illinois USA
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    This thread is not for discussion. If you post here, include the date of the swarm, the location of the swarm (city, state, zip code), and the weather condition.
    Regards, Barry

  11. #2091
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    3-8-2014 Richlands NC 60's nice swarm

  12. #2092
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    Nacogdoches,TX,USA
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    03/17/14 Nacogdoches Texas Helped A fellow hive a swarm 15 ft from his warre (sp) hive about 12 feet up pulled nuc box under and shook left nuc on ladder for rest to land first one I have seen this year

    David

  13. #2093
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    3/18/2014 - One of my colonies swarmed and I was lucky to be on hand to hive them. Big swarm, maybe 5-6 pounds of bees. Branch was knee high, about 20 yards away from hive body. 65 degrees at 10am. Shook them into 2 mediums, put the top on, and walked away. I'll be back in a few days to see if they're still there.

  14. #2094
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    Lake Worth, Florida, USA
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    OK, Barry, I got it.

    3/2/14 Swarm 1--West Palm Beach, Fl. 33406 just before dusk, 80 degrees, partly cloudy
    3/14/14 Swarm 2--West Palm Beach, Fl. 33406 early morning, 70 degrees, sunny
    3/15/14 Swarm 3--West Palm Beach, Fl. 33406 noon, 69 degrees, sunny

    All tiny dark bees, not from my hives. All in bait boxes. #1 & 2 on top of screened porch. #3 in tree. All 9-10 feet high, all facing south.
    Last edited by CessnaGirl; 03-21-2014 at 07:20 PM.
    South Florida, 7 hives, 1 nuc, no treatments, foundation free, slatted racks, bottom entrances, zone 10b

  15. #2095
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    Aug 2013
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    Bay Springs, Mississippi, USA
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Caught our first swarm of the year today. Nice foot ball size swarm. Swarmed from an oak tree about 50 feet from where they landed on a mailbox post. Nice looking yellow bees look to be Italian.
    1 year 8 hives with more to come in 2014 T

  16. #2096
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    Reno, NV
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    3-2014 found first queen cup with an egg in it yesterday in one of our nucs. Not certain they would have followed through with it but I have been predicting queen cells in our area as early as 3-14 for our area. We will be checking all hives for queen cells today. We also started our first cell builder yesterday and will be grafting our first batch of cells on 3-31.
    Stand for what you believe, even if you stand alone.

  17. #2097
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    May 2013
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    Shreveport, LA
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    SWARM.jpg3/24/14, Shreveport, LA 71105, 70 degrees and sunny.

  18. #2098
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    Jan 2014
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    Lake Worth, Florida, USA
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    3/27/14 Swarm #4 caught. West Palm Beach, Fl. 33406, cloudy, 69 degrees, morning, box 9 feet up on screened porch facing south.
    South Florida, 7 hives, 1 nuc, no treatments, foundation free, slatted racks, bottom entrances, zone 10b

  19. #2099
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    Jan 2014
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    wadesboro, nc, usa
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    caught two swarms today. very windy bees were getting blown all over the place. nice size swarms. double brood boxes full of bees and swarm cells. swarm catch boxes are up in trees. heard of several more swarms

  20. #2100
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    Bay Springs, Mississippi, USA
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Caught our second swarm of the season Saturday 3-29-14 South of Laurel, Ms 39440
    Almost 70 degrees with a cold wind blowing, clear skies, we had a 4 inch flood the night before.
    It was a nice big swarm. They landed on the same mailbox post I caught the first of the season on only a week before.
    1 year 8 hives with more to come in 2014 T

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