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    Default Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Hi All -
    I've been combing the threads trying to "watch" the swarming season creep up from the south.
    Seems like we're getting close.
    As you start seeing swarms in your area perhaps you might reply to this thread so we can track the season?

    A simple post of your location, weather, origin of swarm if known, and date would be great.

    Thanks in advance!
    -Erin
    Erin Forbes, EAS Master Beekeeper
    overlandhoney.com

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    A neighbor beek caught a swarm a week ago.. 5/10 - Thurmont, Md. 21788
    Last edited by kensfarm; 05-17-2007 at 02:42 PM.

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    My first and only call this season was on 4/30 and I got there in time to watch it fly away
    Ed, KA9CTT profanity is IGNORANCE made audible
    you can`t fix stupid not even with duct tape

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    My first call was May 4th and I have captured 3 additional swarms since then with 3 swarms out of the last 3 days. (Whew!)

    LOCATION: Olney, IL (Southern IL)

    WEATHER: Its been around the mid to upper 80's with high to moderate humidity. Lots of sunshine! We have had a cold snap come in this week with temps at night dipping to the mid 40's, so I hope that it will slow the swarm trend for a little. At least until I can get more equipment built!
    Last edited by Hill's Hivery; 03-31-2008 at 09:14 AM.
    If you see me runnin' you'd better keep up!
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    Location: Central Indiana
    Weather: Clear blue skies, Low 80's
    Date: Saturday, May 12th
    Origin of swarm: My hive. I thought I had gone "by the book" as far as swarm-prevention measures, but, off into the woods they went (avoiding the two empty hives I had sitting nearby, waiting for my packages to arrive).

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    Smile swarms

    2 swarms collected on 5/12/2007. My own hives had swarm cells 5/07/2007.
    Many of my hives are building up very fast now. All of my big hives looked swarmy 2nd week of May. So far I have got to all of my hives before they were able to swarm. But just when you think you have it all taken care of...........one of them will try something.

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    First swarm of the season 1/8/2007
    weather in the 70's
    Mostly black queen from the wild blue yonder (into a Gumbo Limbo tree)

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    if you include zip codes I'll add this data to the database I'm building for bloom dates

    http://www.drobbins.net/bee's/blooms.html

    add good comments too, they'll be valuable down the road

    Dave

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    Zip. Still waiting here. Feel like the Maytag repair guy.
    44646
    To everything there is a season....

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    Good ole' New Milford, CT. today (5-17). Came home to find they had taken up house in a music amp I was ready to throw out, Oh the joy!!!!
    Si hoc legere scis numium eruditionis habes.

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

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    May 15, 2007
    zip 16226
    sunny day in low 80's
    "Younz" have a great day, I will.

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    if you folks go here

    http://www.drobbins.net/bees/blooms.html

    then click the "Results" link
    and go to the blooms dropdown thingy (on the right) and select swarms, then click show swarms, you'll see all the swarm entries
    there's only a couple from me and the 2 odfrank just made
    notice the comments
    they'll be real useful a year or 2 from now (hint, hint)
    here's a clue, you can post your own info and I won't have to do it
    please mention here you did it so I don't have to go figure it out

    http://www.drobbins.net:8080/blooms/add_entry.jsp

    Dave
    Last edited by drobbins; 05-17-2007 at 06:49 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waysouth View Post
    First swarm of the season 1/8/2007
    weather in the 70's
    Mostly black queen from the wild blue yonder (into a Gumbo Limbo tree)
    Mmmmm....
    Cracked conch at the Cracked Conch Cafe, fresh key lime pie, cold beer... oh yeah, swarms.

    First one on 5-4-07.
    More calls than usual it seemed. All of them came within a week, then it tapered off.
    Sunny and warm (mid 70's)
    Zip 87401.

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    I had a swarm move into an empty nuc box sitting behind the garage on5/10/07. The wife came in and ask, "did you know that there were bees in those boxes behind the garage?" - 22407

    That was a pleasant surprise. We do not know where the came from - I had just gone through all my hives two days before and saw not signs of swarm preparations.
    Bee all you can Bee!
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    Big Grin

    Swarm captured 11 May 2007 in blueberry bush in blueberry orchard north of Ethel, Louisiana. Zip Code 70730. Farmer noticed swarm around 1000 hours.
    while mowing between rows. Picked up swarm around 1300 hours.

    Conditions: Sunny, Clear sky, temp in low to mid 80s.

    http://www.goldendelighthoney.com/May_11_2007_swarm.jpg
    http://www.goldendelighthoney.com/Wo...o_new_home.jpg
    http://www.goldendelighthoney.com/Sw..._into_hive.jpg
    http://www.goldendelighthoney.com/Ca...lueberries.jpg
    http://www.goldendelighthoney.com/Hi..._transport.jpg

    Chinese tallow tree flow finally began last week in Baton Rouge area.
    James Henderson
    Golden Delight Honey; 225-803-5406 (cell)

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    May 18th - Swarm lands at my daughter's elementary school. Daughter duly notifies principal to call Dad. 5th grade boys take turns kicking and shaking tree until swarm falls, flies away - oh, wait. This thread is about the dates....
    May 18th, Sunny day in the 70s. Swarm time aproximately 2:00.
    http://www.voiceofthehive.com - Tales of Beekeeping and Honeybees

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    A swarm made a home in a swarm trap about 5/12/2007. Bless them, they took the one easiest to move. Must be a big one as busy as it is in front of the hive. Zip 46131. drobbins, I can't seen to get anything except the map so this is not added there. I will later if I find my way around. There's an old saying about swarms. Someone uses it as a 'tag line' on here but the one I learned is a little different so here go;
    Come in May, here to stay,
    Come in June, none too soon,
    July, let 'um fly.

    leamon

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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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    I removed a swarm from a soffet in the mount airy section of Philadephia on 5/20/07. They had drawn out about 6 frames of wax and had newly capped brood. I'm assuming they were there for about 10 or 12 days.

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