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  1. #21
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    Large swarm in tree, in Beaumont Texas. When I go there, they had moved. Left about 100 dead bees on the ground, and 3-4 bees flying around the limb they were on. 9/17/09
    Last edited by Chick; 09-17-2009 at 03:57 AM. Reason: forgot date

  2. #22
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    Caught a modest size swarm today. I think it came out of a near by bee tree. About 1 1/2 - 2 lbs of bees. Fairly gentle. In Orange, Texas.

  3. #23
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    April 3rd now. Our 2 hives would have swarmed 2 weeks ago but we caught them and did splits and now have 7 hives.
    Before man took over bees there was nature,it did a better job.

  4. #24

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    Caught a swarm today, 4/5/19, in a swarm trap that was waiting to be put out. Oh well, I'll take it. Postal 78729

    Did a cutout 4/1/10 that had swarm cells. postal 78759

  5. #25
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    I had five (5) swarms on my property Tuesday, 20 April, 2010. Yes, really. All mid-size, all fairly calm, and different colors of bees. Four were in small trees, one on a fence post. It was a good day, but I was tuckered!

    Sum

  6. #26
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    Picked up another swarm 4/23. 1 1/2 - 2 lbs.

  7. #27
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    First swarm call of the season in Amarillo TX. April 24th. Swarm in town so likely feral. Weather nice and sunny with minimal wind following several days of overcast, rain and fierce wind and thunderstormes.

  8. #28
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    I caught a swarm this last Sunday (25th) here in Fort-Worth, Texas. The weather is in the upper 70's. I'm not sure about the origin.

  9. #29
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    I hived a near-volleyball-sized swarm, yesterday, behind my house. It was hanging under the ceiling of my kid's wall-less fort. Sitting above it was a swarm-box, baited with lemongrass oil. I've started a new hive with it.

    Went through my hives today, and all are bustling. Can't tell that any are reduced, so this may be a swarm from somewhere else.
    Canyon, Texas (Near Amarillo in the Panhandle).
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  10. #30
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    I hived a large watermelon-sized swarm in my Mimosa tree. Same small tree as my one swarm last year. This makes the second swarm at my house this year.
    Canyon, Texas (Near Amarillo in the Panhandle).
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  11. #31
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    Watched a volleyball-sized swarm today fly from a hive and land about 20 feet away in a desert willow. A fellow beek hived it and took it because I am low on equipment. 4th swarm in my yard this year!
    Canyon, Texas (Near Amarillo in the Panhandle).
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  12. #32
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    Boxed a softball-sized swarm this evening in south Amarillo that was hanging over a garage opening. It was after dark when I got there.

    Trying to figure out what I will do with this small swarm.
    Canyon, Texas (Near Amarillo in the Panhandle).
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  13. #33
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    June 1. My 14-year old son boxed a very large swarm in my backyard while I was away for a sleep lab test. I was very proud of him. He had helped me a couple of times. Now I can relax knowing that he can cover for me.
    Canyon, Texas (Near Amarillo in the Panhandle).
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  14. #34
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    Swarm season is over in southeast Texas. I picked up maybe 20 total, including my traps. Kept me real busy on the tablesaw. This started in March, and ran through May. Had to do combines here and there. Now all the calls are for cutouts, that I am not too enthusiastic about. I did a job yesterday, that amounted to a cutout, but it was not in a building, it was in a 40 foot 18 wheeler trailer, in a mess of cardboard and wire cages. It was the worse job I have ever tackled.

  15. #35
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    Was called by a Texas State Trooper and was told of a swarm in a tree. Mid-June, captured it and hived it up.

    Also was called on Memorial Day of a very large swarm that had just exited the main hive. The size of a basketball.

  16. #36
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    I staple a piece of plastic queen excluder across the entrance of the hive, of a new swarm. I only leave it in place for a few days. Long enough for them to start to get established and accept the new quarters.

  17. #37
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    Caught a small swarm yesterday 08-23-10 in Round Rock, TX. The swarm was a result of a storm rendering damage to the old tree they were in. The storm left the hive body fully exposed to the outside elements. They swarmed to relocate to something better..... my hive box. HAH

  18. #38
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    I've been collecting swarms in Houston and around the IAH airport this summer. I've noticed that I get several calls after we have had 2-3 days of wet weather. So, I keep my vac in my car and make sure I have a couple of cages ready when it gets rainy. But, I've had 100% success in retaining the swarm as long as I've had the queen. One hive I captured in July didnt have teh queen and it swarmed again.

  19. #39
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    JP - John Pluta?

  20. #40
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    21 Feb. 2011

    First swarm of 2011 for me. First cut out of the year, too.

    Here we go.

    Summer
    Last edited by summer1052; 02-21-2011 at 08:52 PM. Reason: computer hiccup

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