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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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    Default Maine

    04102
    swarm in my own yard
    1:15 pm
    72 degees
    Erin Forbes, EAS Master Beekeeper
    overlandhoney.com

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    Default swarm in trap

    very small (softball sized) swarm found in trap. Unknown origin 04102
    Erin Forbes, EAS Master Beekeeper
    overlandhoney.com

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    6/16/07 10:30 am low 70's
    very large swarm in my own yard
    lured to bait hive 6/17/07 5:20 pm
    04102
    Erin Forbes, EAS Master Beekeeper
    overlandhoney.com

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    Swarm call from local new beekeeper 10:15 am (swarm from nuc installed approx 5/25/07). 10:45 am when I arrived swarm had moved to unknown location.
    zip code 04102
    Erin Forbes, EAS Master Beekeeper
    overlandhoney.com

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    Default Swarm day in Maine

    One swarm zip code 04005 issued and hived 5/25/08
    Two swarms zip code 04102 issued and hived 5/25/08
    One additional swarm zip code 04102 moved into a house through a blown in inuslation hole on 5/25/08 9:30 am approximately.
    Still working on getting them back out.
    Also another swarm call on 5/25/08 in South Berwick, Maine but by the time I returned the call another beekeeper was responding and retrieving the swarm.
    Erin Forbes, EAS Master Beekeeper
    overlandhoney.com

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    Default Swarm in trap

    Smalish swarm ( 2-3lbs approx) landed in one of my swarm traps yesterday, 6/4/08. Queen was unmarked so from a distant hive or possibly after swarm.
    04102
    Erin Forbes, EAS Master Beekeeper
    overlandhoney.com

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    Default Hot weekend

    Temps in the high 80's here for the first time.
    Swarm in Biddeford, ME 04005 hived easily
    Another swarm in Falmouth Maine 04105 also hived without incident.
    Erin Forbes, EAS Master Beekeeper
    overlandhoney.com

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    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Kennebunk, Maine
    Posts
    202

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    Kennebunk,ME 04043
    The hive that I thought was just replacing their queen decided to swarm today at about 11 am. They landed too high up in a tree for me to reach. We had a severe thunderstorm this afternoon which knocked a few to the ground. I guess they will be spending the night there.

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    6/26/08 Swarm located at 87 High Street (Downtown Portland) Maine 04101
    (too high to catch)

    6/26/08 4th swarm caught at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, Maine 04106 (first three were on 6/20/08 and 6/22/08) These are believed to be feral bees as the campus does not have any managed colonies and the location is isolated from neighbors.

    6/22/08 Swarm caught from hobby beekeeper's colony in Brighton area of Portland. Swarm and parent colony removed from site per owners request.
    Erin Forbes, EAS Master Beekeeper
    overlandhoney.com

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    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Kennebunk, Maine
    Posts
    202

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    Dover New Hampshire. This hive was started from a nuc in May. I was there to pull some frames out of the brood box to give to a slower nuc but was too late. Luckily they were low and I had an extra deep and bottom board with me.

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    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Pittsfield, Maine
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    I had a swarm arrive in my empty hive on the 4th.
    Pittsfield, Maine. (Central, ME)

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    Default Windham, Maine

    Very Large swarm in one of my outyards. 5-6 lbs of bees approx 20' in pine tree.
    Hived into deep equipment several hours after issuing 7/27/08
    Likely is several swarms together.
    04062
    Erin Forbes, EAS Master Beekeeper
    overlandhoney.com

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    Default Swarm season starting in Maine

    Swarms Friday 5/22 at beekeeper's yard in Portland Maine 04102 and Windham Maine 04062

    Happy Spring!
    Erin Forbes, EAS Master Beekeeper
    overlandhoney.com

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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Large afterswarm on West End in Portland 6/11/09 04102
    Erin Forbes, EAS Master Beekeeper
    overlandhoney.com

  16. #16
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Dexter, Maine
    Posts
    1,037

    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Got info on a very large swarm in Kingfield, ME. Bees are 30' high up a tree, so good luck to em'.

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    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Kennebunk, Maine
    Posts
    202

    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    My nuc swarmed today. Instead of fighting it out one of the queens decided to run. They ended up in a tree 25ft up. I was able to cut the tree down and hive them.

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    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Windham, Maine
    Posts
    104

    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Picked up 9 swarms in the last 4 days. Most all were good size.
    Windham, ME

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    Sep 2009
    Location
    Dexter, Maine
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Got a call this mourning, from a few towns over, med size swarm 30' up a white birch, was able to cut the tree and let it drop slowly, then vacuumed they off the trunk.

  20. #20
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Maine
    Posts
    96

    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    July 12, Lisbon Maine. My hive swarmed, hung in an oak tree 90' up over power lines with no chance of rehiving them. They headed Southeast this AM 10:20. I watched them fly...sniff,sniff

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