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  1. #901
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    85743

    22 May 2010

    Yesterday I discovered a small swarm, the size of a large grapefruit, on the branch of the large Mesquite tree that shades my Nuc yard. It was at six feet, on the branch where the branch rested on the six foot high, light tan shade cloth that helps reduce infiltration of sunlight and winds to the yard. I put a frame heavy with honey, but also containing some pollen and a few dozen cells of sealed worker brood, into a Nuc box, then held the nuc box beneath the swarm and knocked them into the box. I then put a cover on and set them on my Nuc stands next to other Nucs.

    The swarm was not from any of my own hives. There were many drones in the swarm, several different color combinations, none of the variously colored drones in the swarm looked like any of the drones from any of my own hives. They also behaved more defensive than any swarm should be. I was stung in the nostrils and on my scalp several times by the stragglers that didn't fall into the Nuc box. And they only stayed in the box for about twenty minutes. After twenty minutes they moved over about twenty-five feet, and into another Nuc box, in a stack of Nuc boxes filled with empty comb.
    48 years - 50 hives - TF
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  2. #902
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    monroe, mi, usa
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    may 23, 2010. 1 swarm. zip 49267. location: ottawa lake, mi

  3. #903
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    I hived a large watermelon-sized swarm in my Mimosa tree. Same small tree as my one swarm last year. This makes the second swarm at my house this year.
    Canyon, Texas (Near Amarillo in the Panhandle).
    Follow my tweets on Twitter.com @BirdsandBeesMan

  4. #904
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    Loganville/Greensboro, Georgia, USA
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    5/22/10
    30052 Loganville Ga.
    My cell finisher swarmed
    They clustered about 40' in a pine tree then seemed to return to the hive after about 30 minutes. I opened hive and found a Q cell on a frame (not on my graft bar) took that frame and made a split


    5/23/10
    30642 Greensboro Ga.
    Caught a swarm in a swarm trap placed in deerstand
    Buffalo Lick Farm & Nursery
    http://www.buffalolick.com

  5. #905
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    Bremen, Ohio USA
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    Picked up a nice swarm from our old farm on Wed 5/19/2010, Ashville, Ohio 43103. Just after noon. These are from a semi "feral" hive that was part of my grandfather's hives some 25 years ago. Swarm broke off from hive that has lived in an old building for about 20 years. Have them installed in a new hive at my place about 30 miles away (43107) and they seem to be doing well. Set them up about 300 yards from my existing hive.

  6. #906
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    Jun 2009
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    Lewiston, MI, USA
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    First swarm call of the season. Was in a spruce about 5 ft up, which was super sweet. Near Hillman, MI 49753

  7. #907
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    Two more swarms, that's four in four days!!!

    Yesterday 4:30 pm Odessa Missouri 64076 2-3 lb

    Today got a call, swarm had been there a couple of days. It had stared to build comb under the eave of the house. 5 miles NNW of Kingsville Missouri 64061 3-4 lb
    4 seasons 19 Hives-Camp Branch Bee Ranch. Est 2009
    "I am a nobody; nobody is perfect, and therefore I am perfect."

  8. #908
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    Farmington, New Mexico
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    5-25-10
    First call of the season. Cool spring.
    I suspect it's from a feral colony in a cottonwood tree that's only yards from the swarm.
    Clustered on tamarisk branch 4' off ground. 4 lbs.
    87401
    Nobody ruins my day without my permission, and I refuse to grant it...

  9. #909
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    East Liverpool, Ohio, USA
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    2nd Swarm call this year. Nice size swarm they had actually moved into an overhang of a garage about twelve feet up with easy access. Extremely gentle bees, no stings or headbutts.
    About the size of a basketball. We used the beevac and it worked great, very few dead bees. Total time less than an hour.
    Located in Steubenville Ohio.
    Joe and Heidi S.

  10. #910
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    Carson City, Nevada, USA
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    Default Re: How many of you collect multiple swarms

    Quote Originally Posted by LSBees View Post
    Heres a picture of my second set of bench bees, the first on was alot larger but I didnt have the camera.



    I picked up my third swarm at this address within a week. The last one was about the size of a football and was on a low tree branch about 25' away from the others. I cliped the branch placed it in a paper box and all the stargglers walked right in. Are these afterswarms? if so would these be mated or vigin queens?

    Thanks

  11. #911
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    Lewiston, MI, USA
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    Hey LSBees. Nice looking swarm. Just out of curiosity, is that a feral hive in the base of that tree in your first pic? My eyes could be playing tricks on me.

  12. #912
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    I don't think so but if I get back there I will take a good look. There is at least one colony about 20 - 25 feet up in that tree and like I said I have picked up 3 good sized swarms (1 being real large) within 25 - 30 ft of this tree all within a weeks time.

  13. #913
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    East Liverpool, Ohio, USA
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    3rd. Swarm call 5/26/2010. Small size swarm located in a tree about 7 ft. from the ground. Only about a quart or so. They had been there for a little while they had already built some small comb . Located in Boardman, Ohio.
    Enough for a small nuc box.
    Joe and Heidi S.

  14. #914
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    Fort Lauderdale, FL
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    2 separate swarms, easy, low branch, in eastern Fort Lauderdale, Fl.
    Hive both of them, good PR with neighbors.

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  15. #915
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    Kennebunk, Maine
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    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.

  16. #916
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    Cass County, MO
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    5-26-2010
    Small swarm 1-2 lb in a bird feeder
    East Lynne Missouri 64743
    It had been there for 2-3 days and lost a lot of bees in a down pour on Tuesday.

    RKR
    4 seasons 19 Hives-Camp Branch Bee Ranch. Est 2009
    "I am a nobody; nobody is perfect, and therefore I am perfect."

  17. #917

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    May 23. Another swarm. Medium Size Frankfort, Ohio 45628

  18. #918
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    Menomonee Falls, Wis.
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    5-26-2010

    Swarm landed in a pile of supers on the back porch. Elderly neighbor lady reported, (like that time a few years ago, sky got darker).

    53051 (S.E. Wisconsin)

    Roland

  19. #919
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    Canyon, Texas, USA
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    Watched a volleyball-sized swarm today fly from a hive and land about 20 feet away in a desert willow. A fellow beek hived it and took it because I am low on equipment. 4th swarm in my yard this year!
    Canyon, Texas (Near Amarillo in the Panhandle).
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  20. #920
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    Winnipeg Manitoba
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Caught one last night MAy 28 in Lasalle just South of Winnipeg. Have them boxed, waiting to see if they stay.

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