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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    I was running the solar wax melter today, puts the great smell of old brood comb in the air, it brought a swarm right into my yard! They were up 30+ feet so I dropped the top of the tree, it landed with a thud, the bees scattered abit and then came right back.

  2. #22
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    Cushing, ME, USA
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    I had a nuc that I installed in the beginning of June swarm on me on July 10th up here in Maine. Hive was left with lots of brood, larva and eggs and an upper deep fully of honey so from what I've read that is the quintessential swarm.

  3. #23

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    4/20/2012 swarm issued from my observation hive in Portland Maine
    Erin Forbes, EAS Master Beekeeper
    overlandhoney.com

  4. #24
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    Jan 2011
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    Lewiston, Maine, USA
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    We captured a swarm (~5 lbs) from one of our hives last Sunday (4/29/12) in Lewiston ME. Temp maxed out near 60 deg F. It had been rainy for several days and cleared up on Saturday. We performed hive inspections on Sat and couldn't find the queen in the hive that swarmed. Pretty sure she was 10 feet behind us and 14 feet up the whole time.
    Last edited by Ghostwheel; 05-05-2012 at 06:42 AM.
    Pete Schlax Jr.

  5. #25
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    Lewiston, Maine, USA
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    We captured a swarm (~4-5 lbs) from our second hive yesterday (Sunday: 5/6/12) in Lewiston ME. So both hives swarmed this year. Temp was close to 70 deg F and they swarmed between Noon and 1 PM. This was pretty much a repeat of the swarm last Sunday. Rainy during the week and cleared up on Saturday. Only this time, they gathered on a hemlock branch ~8 feet off the ground. Much easier to deal with! I hope this is it.
    Pete Schlax Jr.

  6. #26
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    Kennebunk, Maine
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    The weather was finally good today. I went to my yard located in Dover, NH and found three swarms in the same tree. I had a feeling one hive might swarm but not all three. Good thing I brought nucs with me. I was planning on taking frames to relieve the pressure anyway.

  7. #27
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    Apr 2011
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    Palermo, Maine, USA
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Got my first swam call ever on 7/9. Palermo, Maine, warm (80 degrees) and sunny.

    Very tiny swarm, probably an after swarm. About the size of a tennis ball, but I did get a new queen out of it. Added a couple of frames of bees to them and started a nuc. We will see how it does. Very easy swam to get. They were on a fence post about 4 feet off the ground.

  8. #28
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    Jun 2013
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    York County Maine
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Expierenced my first swarm on 6/16/13 area code 04093 buxton Maine this was from a installed package in April

  9. #29
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    Old Town, Maine, USA
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    04468 Old Town, ME Found a swarm hanging in a birch tree about 20 feet from my bee yard. Tried to capture it, but it moved to a maple tree about 60 feet up upon being disturbed. I went through all of my hives today, and see no lack of population anywhere...no idea from whence it came.

  10. #30
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    May 2005
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    Lynn, MA
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    My new hive from a nuc (20 days ago) swarmed yesterday just before the rain here in Jay, Maine (Near Farmington). They are in my tree and I'm trying to figure out how to get them! They are carni's.
    Lynn, MA

  11. #31
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    Jun 2013
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    Waldo County, Maine
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    Default Maine

    10 July 2014
    Sunny
    Humid
    78 degrees
    Left one of my hives at 0930, and saw swarm head for the woods. Gone within 30 minutes.
    I said, "there goes my next hive and $100 bill"
    Location: Waldo County, Maine
    Brian
    Waldo County, Maine, USA. 5A (-20F to -15F), 11 hives

  12. #32
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    08/21/2014
    11:30 AM (Eastern)
    Waldo County, Maine
    4-5 lbs of bees
    4 feet up from ground on tree limb
    Caught 2:05 PM (Eastern)
    Brian
    Waldo County, Maine, USA. 5A (-20F to -15F), 11 hives

  13. #33
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    Waldo County, Maine
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    08/19/2014
    8:30 AM (Eastern)
    Waldo County, Maine
    3 - 4 lbs of bees
    2 feet up from ground on hanging basket in garden above cucumbers
    Caught 12:15 PM (Eastern)
    Brian
    Waldo County, Maine, USA. 5A (-20F to -15F), 11 hives

  14. #34
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    Jan 2013
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    Scarborough, Maine, USA
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    6-6-15 Watched one of my booming Russian hives sawrm off right over my head today in Scarborough ME. They were too quick for me to reel in. Dug into the hive and split out two queen cell frames. Hope they had a third in there somewhere! :-)

  15. #35
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    Aug 2005
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    Washington County, Maine
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    swarm moved into unused equipment - 6/15/15 - Jonesboro, ME Source hive not known (doesn't appear to be one of mine)

  16. #36
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    DuPage County, Illinois USA
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    Default Maine

    What is needed:


    • zip code, city or county
    • date when the bees swarmed or when you found the swarm.
    • comments - example: if the swarm came from your hive, or if you were called to pick up a swarm, how long was it there. This is not for cutouts unless the bees just took up residence and are not established. It would also be great to include a small photo of the swarm.



    This forum is not for general discussion.
    Regards, Barry

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