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  1. #1
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    Default California

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

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    Question Fighting Swarm Arrives

    What is that fighting behavior about with baited bees? Today's bait swarm must have a few dozen dead bees in front of it. Small bees, on large cell comb, 94402. I tell the folks that have my baits at their house, when they start killing each other, expect the swarm to arrive.

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    Thought swarming season was over, Stacked a bait that was unsuccessful in the pile, it was filled with Small cell combs that were yellow but had been in a hive that got AFB . Bingo, 5/21 good sized swarm. 94401
    Have lost count on my baits, maybe 15 so far, several very small.

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    A late good one 6/15 -95030. This was from a bait swarm I caught on 3/11, it had partially filled a deep, partially filled half a medium honey super, had an empty above that. Only had two queen cells. Now there's a crummy strain of bees if you ask me. Two gardeners who had never worked bees caught it from a 15' high tree limb into a cardboard box following my instructions over the phone. Let's hear if for the Bob and Salvo, the heroic bee luvin' gardeners of Monte Sereno.

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    95684-probably my hive. weighed in at 1 3/4 pounds.
    all that is gold does not glitter

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    95667- question whether the swarm was my bees. very dark queen and bees and hive inspections didn't show any queens missing. 6/22 swarm may not of been mine either.
    all that is gold does not glitter

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    small swarm-95667
    all that is gold does not glitter

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    95684- multiple swarms. weather dosen't change here in summer. either hot and dry or hotter and drier
    all that is gold does not glitter

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    95667- decent size.
    all that is gold does not glitter

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    Default This was a surprise

    I got a call yesterday for a swarm. I expected it would be in a wall or roof, but in fact it was in a tree in the front yard. It was almost the size of a football. I shook it into a nuc and he was happy to give me a contribution of $100.

    I know this is in San Diego, but it's pretty late. What chances do I have of it making it through the winter?

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    My hive swarmed in March, 2007, 95667

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    Default California

    I'm in San Diego and have had three swarm calls already this year.

    The first was on February 9th, although it had gone by the time I got there.


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    2/13/08 Hive in hollow of tree there since Oct last year. Italians Cent Ca In Tulare sorry don t know zip. I am in the next county


    Angi

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    Default First Swarm

    We had our first swarm on 3-31-08 94040
    They flew up to a branch on an oak tree 25 ft above the hive. Unfortunately we were not able to catch them in time before they flew off. We had just split the hive two weeks earlier from a very strong colony.

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    at the american river farm 95827 bees in bait hive for wil's birthday.
    all that is gold does not glitter

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    Small swarm on 4-10 in Roseville 95661
    basketball size swarm in Marysville 95901 on 4-10 as well about 73 and windy
    and basketball size on 4-17 in Marysville 95901 80 and sunny

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    Default Swarm in bait box.

    I had a call to a house yesterday afternoon about 3.00 pm. The household said he's had bees in the attic before and didn't want them again.

    There were lots of bees 'checking out' the vents in his roof, kitchen, bathroom and AC vents. We stood and watched for a while, scratching our heads wondering what to do. Then a light-bulb went on in my head. Why not put a bait hive on his patio cover, about 8 feet off the ground facing due east.

    I put a brood box, a few frames with strips of foundation and one with an old comb. I even put a little lemon grass oil on one of the top bars.

    The house holder called me at 8.45 this morning to say they had arrived. I'm not sure how big the swarm is, but it seemed pretty heavy and a peep from underneath through the screen-floor showed the bottom of the cluster touching the floor.


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    95827- hurly farm. dark bees.
    all that is gold does not glitter

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    Hi , new to this all . got a call Friday at 12pm with a swarm on a Japanese maple . Luckily it was about 4 feet off the ground. I picked it up at about 4 p.m. and they are now in their new site on the farm . It was about the size of a soccer ball . sonoma county california

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    Area Code: 94702
    Swarm: May 28th, from a package installed April 1.

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