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  1. #701
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Got home from work today and found a small swarm on a Nandina bush in the front yard. Boxed it up in a 3 framer and will lock it up and move it tonight. Friday I'll see if I can take a couple of frames from one of my other hives and add it to this one.

    I'm wondering if one of my nucs swarmed. I don't see how, they are on the small side and I just gave them more room.

    Pugs

  2. #702
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    Tucson, Arizona, USA
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Yesterday (11Oct56) I was standing in my apiary, putting pollen substitute patties on my hives, when a swarm coming from somewhere West of our property, flew over my apiary and landed ten feet East on one of my peach trees. It was a fairly small swarm, enough bees to cover four medium depth frames, once I shook them into an empty five-frame nuc box. I noticed they were accompanied by a dark virgin/recently mated queen. Of course I will need to replace her as soon as practical.

    All plans, of course, will depend on the swarm actually remaining in my equipment, this rarely happens except they install themselves. Sometime later this morning I will check on them to see if they are still there.
    48 years - 50 hives - TF
    Joseph Clemens -- Website Under Constructioni

  3. #703
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    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.

  4. #704
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Caught one October 23, 24th and 26th.


    ...JP

  5. #705
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    JP - John Pluta?

  6. #706
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    Miami, Manitoba, Canada
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Searching through the 100 and more pages here and dont see any link to where this info is gathered. I think the intent was to compile the bloom info to help predict blooms throughout the country side.

    I am interested in viewing the compiled data, has it been accomplished yet?

    Thanks
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
    www.stepplerfarms.com

  7. #707
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    DuPage County, Illinois USA
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Regards, Barry

  8. #708
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    North Bend, OH, USA
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    There are LOTS of resources for bloom prediction.

    Many of them focusing around Growing Degree Days.

    For those of us in Ohio: http://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/gdd/
    Richard
    Carriage House Farm, North Bend, Ohio

  9. #709
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    Albany, CA, USA
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    We collected two swarms this year 2010, May 20 and 21. It was a sunny day and warm.

  10. #710
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    Orange, Tx, USA
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    I thought about it being almost time, here in Orange, Texas, but thought it would be another few weeks. How big was the swarm in Lavaca?

  11. #711
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Found approximately 10 queen swarm cells in one hive today. Lately, many of the bees have been gathering outside the box so we knew something was up. Even found one queen cell opened/hatched. The box had so many bees, it did not look like a swarm happened.

    We took several queen cells and make 3 nucs from them and left plenty of bees in the hive.

    The hive has two large supers which were full of bees.

    Will see what happens but I can say "it has begun".

    2-26-2011 - date

    Lower most Alabama - location 36535
    Last edited by Foleybees; 02-27-2011 at 04:49 PM. Reason: adding zip code.

  12. #712
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    If you include you're zip codes Dobbins can put the swarms in the data base.
    Dan

  13. #713
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    Farmington, NM
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    First swarm of the season 3/6/11



    zip 93314

  14. #714
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    Rocky Ford,Ga.,USA
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    3/14/11 I help catch a wild swarm at noon in town ,then got home and was working bees looked up in tree about 12 feet high there was a nice big swarm. Got them down and in a box with feed. my zip code is 30455 in Ga. near Statesboro,Ga

  15. #715
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Date: 3/18/11.

    Location: Most Southern Alabama...Foley

    First swarm. Assuming it's from one of my hives since it was in the bee yard...approximately 15 feet from 3 hives. A couple of boxes have looked quite strong lately and it's no surprise.



  16. #716
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    dadeville, alabama, USA
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Been seeing cells since March 5 Lower Tallapoosa river valley. Saw a swarm yesterday and today-march 17,18. Too high up in the trees to retreive. TK

  17. #717
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    17 March. I saw them staging on a bush abt 15 feet from the hive at abt noon. By the time I could get equipped to rebox them, later that afternoon, they were gone. Temp was mid 70s, sunny. Location is 31639, south Georgia.

  18. #718
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    Question Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Date: 19 Mar 2011

    Location: Foley, Al

    Two more swarms from bee yard today...only have 4 full Hives and one very young split.

    As we were getting the second swarm, they all flee back to the hive. Guess they thought it a mean world out there. Placed a hive box with scent next to the box trying to swarm. Someone told me the reason they went back was the queen had not yet left the hive. Funny, we thought she was the first to go!

  19. #719
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    Brasher Falls, NY, USA
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    No swqarms or swarm cells here in South Carolina yet. Nectar and pollen coming in, but not strongly. Not the nectar anyway.
    Just because something is new to you, doesn't mean it is new, or revolutionary. Mark Berninghausen

  20. #720
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    Salisbury, Maryland, USA
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    never mind.. wrong swarm map...
    accidentally posted an animated swarm map for termites lol

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