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  1. #781
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    4/18 Murfreesboro, TN:

    Swarm I hived on 4/14 and brought home absconded. There were probably close to 30,000 bees in that swarm. Bees were in the hive the first couple of days so they had to of left on 4/17-18. Never saw a swarm anywhere around the house. I have always in the past saw the bees swarming in the air or found them on a branch or bush. I normally check every day. Don't think I did this time.
    De Colores,
    Ken

  2. #782
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    4/20 McMinnville, TN:

    Got a call about a swarm last night. Rained during the night and was suppose to rain all day today. Bees were still there. Around 5 pounds. Easiest swarm I have ever gotten. Put down sheet. Sprayed all comb with SW/HBH. Placed 5-frame Nuc under swarm on bush. Shook bush. 10 minutes later they were all in the box. It's nice when they are all on 1 limb, only 2.5' off the ground with a clear and short drop to the box.
    De Colores,
    Ken

  3. #783
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    Got home from shopping around 12.30 to find a small swarm around the base of a hazel tree.
    Rushed to get my bee suit on, and get a nuke hive, but by the time I returned (only 5 mins) they had gone!
    Masses of bees around the hive from which they emerged, so maybe they went back having lost their queen or maybe they already had a destination in mind when they left.

  4. #784
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    Got another call on Thursday as I was leaving for work for a swarm in a Bush in Lodi, they had been there 3 or 4 days already. I went down yesterday morning with the famliy, GOOD size swarm. My son geared up in his suit so he could help me out, he looked like an astronaut. He got to capture his first swarm at 6 years old and he had a blast doing it, wants to know when we are going out again? My daughter was there and took some great pics without gear, which was amazing since she said she'd never go on a swarm call again. My wife said I had a lot of bees on top of my head, since that one mean swarm where I got hit 20 times, I had my jacket and veil on. When I walked over to the car's mirror I had the entire dome of my head covered with bees. I shook them all off in front of the hive and watched them march into the hive.

    C2

  5. #785
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    We had another two swarms today, both issuing from the same hive, which is a shade unusual. They were both fairly small but one settled round the base of a small tree and the other in the fork of an apple tree. I hived the first and thought it had settled but when I checked half an hour later it had completely disappeared. I tried hiving the other by shaking 'cups' of bees into a nucleus. It seemed to work and the bees began fanning at the entrance and a lot of bees went into it. I left it to settle and when I came back they were all gone and I found them in the little tree where the first swarm had been which had disappeared! Weird.
    Third time lucky, I managed to shake most of them into the box. I checked half an hour later and they seemed to be back in the bush, but as it was the end of the day I gave up. Checked again an hour later and they'd all gone into the box! They must have finally got the message. I moved them to their permanent position and they are now settled and taking some honey from the feeder.
    I wonder now whether the 'two' swarms were in fact one that had split into two and that the first that disappeared had just joined the second. That could explain why they appeared to return to the first spot where I'd noticed the cluster that had settled.

  6. #786
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    Kansas City - 66209 - Tree hive, got there just in time to see them leave. Mild Spring this year, great early flow going on.

  7. #787
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    Here we go again! Just hoping for a relaxing Sunday but a prime swarm issued from one of our strongest stocks, the one on a double Dadant brood chamber.... we eliminated swarm cells a week ago from the top box and she said, 'There won't be any in the bottom one, don't bother!' (They are a very testy lot.)
    I shook the swarm into a nucleus box, went to all the trouble of shading the box and putting a feeder on them.... and went back after half an hour to find they'd gone. Didn't see them go even though I was working in the garden nearby, so I wonder if they might have returned to the hive, as they were running all over the nucleus as if they'd lost their queen.
    Anyway, despite today's heat it looks like we need to go through the original stock this afternoon to reduce all queen cells to one.
    Certainly is the most active swarming season I remember but I guess weather and the flow from hawthorn, oil seed rape, and tree blossom is quite considerable.

  8. #788
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    Set a trap 4/20 at a church that had a problem last yr.Got a call 4/22 from the super. Checked 4/23 am took it home 4/24 pm.

  9. #789
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    Had a swarm call today in SW Virginia. First one I have heard about around here this year. They were about 25 feet up in holly tree. Probably 5 lbs of dark colored bees. I got there in time to see another swarm issue from a second hive and fly about 50 feet up in a white pine. Got the first one hived up and went back after dark to collect. Had to let the high one go.

  10. #790
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    Polk County, Tryon, NC, USA
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    Had a hive of Russian bees swarm two days ago in Western NC. Was not able to recover them.

    Tryon, NC 28782

  11. #791
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    Byrdstown, TN Pickett Co USA
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    Cecil Dowdy; had 5 searms on 20 Apr 11 and one on the 22nd. From my hives North TN on KY border. zip code 38549, Byrdstown, TN.

  12. #792
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    4/25/2011
    Zip code 43920
    East Liverpool, Ohio
    First swarm of the year for us. Nice size swarm about 4-5 lbs.
    Joe and Heidi S.

  13. #793
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    04/23/11 - Limestone County, Alabama - Big swarm in a small tree. Four feet above the ground. Filled a deep hive body. Had to add another deep hive body yestarday.
    Rohe Bee Ranch "Free Range Bees"
    http://www.rohebeeranch.com

  14. #794
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    Englewood, CO USA
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    Got a swarm today. Surprised this early here in Colorado.... Been a really warm spring so far. Temps were only in the low 50's today...Guy said they swarmed there yesterday (also in the 50's) and made it through the night on the tree they swarmed from with rain/hail and low in the 30's. Hope they like there new home in our backyard!
    Rick

  15. #795
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    Washington County, Oregon
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    location: Washington County Oregon (NW corner of state)
    weather: clear that day with highs in the upper 60's.
    origin:unknown
    Date: April 23, 2011

    Healthy swarm and of good size. Taken off of a cherry tree in the dark as the call did not come in until 9:30PM.

  16. #796
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    Adair Co, Oklahoma
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    4/28/11
    Caught first swarm of the year. 3lb or larger, hanging on limb.

    74964

  17. #797
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    Carson City, Nevada, USA
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    89701
    4/26/11
    Small 2lber on a fence

    89701
    4/27/11
    4lber or so under a bench

  18. #798
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    Edgemont, North Carolina, USA
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    Caught one of my own swarms today....after coming home from the bee supply store. About 20 feet up above the hive they left.Too bad they didn't wait til Sunday, would have been my daughters birthday party! Glad to have caught them as the Tulip Poplars are about to bloom here!
    Edgemont, NC 28611

  19. #799
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    4-29-11
    47454
    Paoli, IN
    2 swarms issued from 1 hive. I actually saw the virgin queens and caught them. Placed in 5 frame nucs.

  20. #800
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    4/29/11 Kansas City
    Two calls today, caught one. The one I caught is from a bee tree I've been watching. The other swarm returned to their hive in a soffit, and I imagine they will swarm again tomorrow (I hope).
    66062 & 64138. Yeeeha!

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