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  1. #1601
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    Coatesville, Pa, USA
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    9/1 about 11:00 Am one of my hives swarmed. Went to a tree about 25 feet away but 50+ feet up on a branch that's about 2-3" in diameter. No way I could get them. I put another swarm trap up, a few were checking them out, but between 3 and 4 this afternoon they were off. I watched them go away which was interesting, but sad. Coatesville, Pa.

  2. #1602
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    Apr 2013
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    Kingsland, Ga
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    All right. Gonna play catch-up here. This is the year's data. I just recently started posting instead of just lurking so please forgive the old data.

    Got two new hives March 19.
    First swarm May 13 - Caught the swarm. Now had three hives.
    Second swarm April 23 from second original hive. Did not catch that one. It flew away to help re-populate in the wild.

    Got two new hives form a local keeper in Florida in May.
    First swarm from one of these hives in July 20. Did not catch this one either...I think we ended up destroying it. Was very bummed

    Had another swarm on July 23 from one of the first hives purchased in May. This was the second swarm for this hive. Caught it and it's doing fairly well.

    Unfortunately we have 60' pines and oaks around here and when a swarm happens it's always WAAAAAYYYYY up in the trees. My boys have braved life and limb (sorry for the pun) to get the swarms. The one we think we destroyed happened when we cut the branch and instead of it coming straight down it hit another branch and dislodged the queen. We never found her and the remainder of the bees flew around confused and eventually made it back to the original hive.... Very sad day for me. I felt like I did more harm than good.

  3. #1603
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    Reno, NV
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    9-7-13, 2 miles from 89512 zip code. mid size swarm in bush. easy capture but interesting story. I was actually 250 miles from this swarm in the midst of a conference when I got the call. Managed to step out for two minutes and coordinated others to gather the swarm. Returned to the conference and 4 hours later was informed I now have 21 hives in my back yard. We are now only 2 short of our goal for this year. That is beekeeping in free style.
    Stand for what you believe, even if you stand alone.

  4. #1604

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    A "puddle swarm". Did the queen look especially plump/unable to fly?

  5. #1605
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    Apr 2009
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    Birmingham, Alabama, USA
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    The queen's abdomen was quite small when I caught her, but she looked OK otherwise. I would never have recognized her if not for the mark. When I released her two days later, her abdominal size had returned to normal.

    Thanks for sharing the term for this kind of swarm.

  6. #1606
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    Aug 2013
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    Hilliard Florida
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    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.

  7. #1607
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    Jun 2011
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    Searcy, AR in the Ozark Foothills
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    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.

  8. #1608
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    Aug 2013
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    Maricopa, AZ
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    Maricopa, Arizona 12/16/13
    Swarm in an oleander bush about the size of two softballs. Daytime temp around 70, nighttime around 55

  9. #1609
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    Livermore, CA
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    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

  10. #1610
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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.

  11. #1611
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    Palm beach Florida USA
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    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 10:58 AM.

  12. #1612
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    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.

  13. #1613
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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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  14. #1614
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    Jan 2014
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    Lake Worth, Florida, USA
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    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!

  15. #1615
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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

  16. #1616
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    Richlands, NC
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    3-8-2014 Richlands NC 60's nice swarm

  17. #1617
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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

  18. #1618
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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.

  19. #1619
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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?

    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 08:20 PM.
    South Florida, 9 hives, TF, foundation free, slatted racks, bottom entrances, zone 10b

  20. #1620
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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

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