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  1. #441
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    I can't remember if I posted this earlier or not!

    6/6/2008: Hive swarmed, landed in small tree. I'm short on equipment, so I gave swarm to a nearby beekeeper.

    6/9/2008: Same hive swarmed again! This one went to the top of a tall arborvitae, then on to places unknown.

    Lake City, PA (16423)
    “The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.” -Henry David Thoreau

  2. #442
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    athens,georgia,usa
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    New to site and beekeeping caught my first swarm on 7/18/08 in a birdhouse my front yard. I have moved them to a box i think it well workout better.

  3. #443
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    Jun 2008
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    Tripoli - Libya - Norh Africa
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    Hello everyone,

    I hope its of an intrest to know the swarming dates in my area, my first ever swarm was caught on the 3rd week of April, this had introduced me to the facinating hooby, i nstalled that swarm in a Lang hive, and kept at my back yard, This year i made a split, ,and installed it in TBh.
    Now iam running 2 hives, and tryin to learn as much as i can about bees.

    In General in my Area swarming start as early as beginning of february untill the end of April.

    LBK
    SEddig

  4. #444
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    Feb 2008
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    Madison, NC, USA
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    I have two hives, one strong one just doing ok. The weaker hive swarmed last night about 7pm. They were gathered in a ball on top of the stronger hive and by the time I got my smoker started they were all swarming around waaaay up in an oak tree. Now they sit there in a ball about 60 - 80 feet up. I made an impromptu hive out of a honey super and put below them but I doubt they'll take the bait. Oddly, I found no swarm cells in either hive and pollen is coming in nicely to both.

  5. #445
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    Jul 2008
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    greer south carolina USA
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    Default swarms?

    29651 8/10/2008 I had a couple of hives open today and it seems like a strong hive swarmed into a weaker one. I guess the new queen will kill the old queen, I will know because the old queen is clipped. This is the second time I had a swarm when I had a hive open. Today I thought they were robbing so I put an entrance reducer in front of the weak hive and they bearded in front of the hive. Any body else have something like this happen while a hive was open?

  6. #446
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    greer south carolina USA
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    Default swarm bait

    Kayaxi did you bait the the box with anything like swarm lure or bee charm??

  7. #447
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    Altamont, NY
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    Default My first swarm... and now third hive!

    I'm a first year beek and just got a call from a friend of mine who works at our High School. They had a swarm land in one of their gardens.

    So, with a medium, a couple pieces of plywood, my jacket, and some straps I headed over. It was very easy since it was hanging just above the ground. I was able to round up the majority of the bees (went back a second time to pick up a few hundred more). I took them home and setup a makeshift hive. Tomorrow I'll have more time to figure it all out and setup my third hive.

    What a great hobby!
    Keith

  8. #448
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    Jun 2008
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    Lapel, IN USA
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    Picked up a swarm 8-12-08 in Middletown, IN

  9. #449
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    One of my hives swarmed on 8-14-2008 here in Larsen WI. Have no idea how they think they will have time to build up before winter..... will probably combine them in with a weaker hive later in the fall.

  10. #450
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    Toledo, Washington, USA
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    Southwest Washington State:
    This year the bees semi-swarmed in late May, and split and swarmed in mid to late Jun. just before the floods in Mississippi last year.

  11. #451
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    Collected a football sized swarm on August 16th.

  12. #452
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    Raleigh, North Carolina
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    gotta have a zip code for the report to be useful

    Dave

  13. #453
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    Berkeley, CA
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    August 21 - 94702

  14. #454
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    Newark Valley, New York, USA
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    Lightbulb Swarm Today

    Weather: Clear blue sky - up to the 80's
    Time: 11.00am
    Where - To: Back garden to Lilac Tree
    Zip: 13811
    First Swarm - caught them, and placed in 2nd hive, where they have since settled. This is my first Bee Year - brought the Nucs on June 4th of this year.
    Was a large ball about the size of a Rugby ball.

    'Light'

  15. #455
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    Default Thursday 8/21/08

    94401, several frames, in bloom are red eucalyptus, texas privet, others. Bigger than a late supersedure swarm.

  16. #456
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    Saint Charles Illinois
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    Default swarm zip code 60175

    Football sized swarm 10 feet of the ground in pine tree collected 8/25/08 .

  17. #457
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    Aug 2008
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    Wake Co, NC
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    Default Late Swarm zip code 27592

    Had a swarm on 8/21. Caught em & hived em. Thought all the hives were nice & roomy, so it was a surprise.

  18. #458
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    May 2008
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    Union Kentucky
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    Default Caught my bees swarming.

    My Bees swarmed on August 24th 2008 in Northern Kentucky area.
    First year bee keeping.
    1. Lesson learned don't continue feeding a new hive all summer.

    When I checked after the swarm they had almost completely filled up 2 large broad boxes. That's why they swarmed. ( I think )

    2. Always have an extra hive ready to catch your swarm or someones elses.
    Lucky I had an extra one and was able to catch them, also lucky I found them in a tree in my yard on a Sunday morning when I was home.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/2728832...45776/sizes/l/

    Bruce

  19. #459
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    Mar 2008
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    Ocala, FL
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    Default Swarm zip code 34482

    Large swarm on 8-19-08.

  20. #460
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    Grays Harbor, WA, USA
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    5/24/08 98520
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    7/13/08 98562
    7/23/08 98520
    7/24/08 98520
    7/27/08 98550
    8/11/08 98562
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