I forgot about posting swarm dates here. My very first swarm was Apr 3, 2013 around 1:30ish near Greer, SC 29651. I'm not sure if these were my bees or not. My husband was on the back deck when the back yard got thick with bees. He seems to thing they are stranger bees, attracted to the boxes we had just split a week before. I was at the grocery store getting deli ham when he called me and said, Ah, I think your bees are swarming. I said, Naw! I split them so they wouldn't. Anyway, it was exciting. By the time I got home, they had landed in the dogwood in front of the hives. I made a video and put it on FB. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151468418787900
Sunday April 28th, 22963 (central VA). I had a fairly decent sized swarm, early afternoon before a rainstorm. They may have been my bees, but darned if I can tell which hive it was. I recaptured them and stuffed them in a spare nuc box until I can get another hive ready.
A nearby acquaintance also had a swarm the same day (which they lost).
47601 I got a swarm call yesterday. When I got there it was gone.
Saturday-swarm moved into a woman's house Thursday. Pulled back some carpet, cut a hole in the subfloor and vacuumed out the bees. Already built out about 3/4 of a frame of comb and the queen was laying.
Monday at one of my outyards at the base of a 3" tree. Had to cut the tree above the cluster then below and shook the trunk piece into a hive body.
Today at another outyard in a swarm box I have on a tree. Large swarm-don't think it was mine either??
Collected very nice soccerball-size swarm from same hive and tree I got one from last year. 17601
76520, Medium swarm 10feet up had to vacuum no problems.
95695, small swarm today in some oleanders at work. I'd say maybe 3 frames of bees. 5/2/2013, in the box!
89512 swarm in a tree approx 20 feet up. Captured.
at the same time another swarm approx 5 miles north of that location in a small bush almost on the ground, also captured.
Was informed of an existing colony under a play house that I had to pass on to another beekeeper as I am out of equipment for this year.
Stand for what you believe, even if you stand alone.
Zip 28546. Large swarm moved into one of my trap boxes as I was watching.
Noticed a yellow dot queen moving in.
Ed next time they fly away have a pot in hand too BANG ON with your hive tool in about a 100 yards or less they will land
Benjamin Schneider, CEO of Prairie Wind Bee Supply - New & Improved Website! http://prairiewindbeesupply.webs.com/
Caught my first swarm of the year last night. Had about 2# of bees with great temperament today..
Started them on some sugar water this afternoon and they seem to be really working hard.
BEES ARE NOT AN OPTION
76520, Small swarm on porch easy catch.
Medium swarm today, set up yesterday in a co-workers front yard about 10 feet up. Collected it at 5:00pm today, left the box for them to settle, will move it in the morning.
Found a small swarm in a bait hive. I was going to take some foragers to add to another hive but there were not enough. I came home from there and I noticed a swarm about 20' up a pine tree on the first branch up. It was a fairly big one. I hastily made a bucket pole and got a good amount by jamming it against the bottom of the branch but missed the queen three more times. Got a ladder and a saw and some rope and was able to put the rope over a higher branch then around a fork in the branch the swarm was on. This made the rope connection about at the balance point so I was able to cut it and lower it to the ground. I bounced it on top of the hive body and, I "suspect" the queen was in there. I came back after two hours and there were a few flying like a normal hive with the rest inside.
Is this the absolute most active swarm season?
We need a poll???
What do I do about getting honey? I imagine most of the swarms Ive gotten are from my own hives. I am thinking about combining swarms I've caught or adding the bees back to hives with supers. We are at peak flow and I have too many swarms I've hived and too many colonies without enough bees for a crop???
Last edited by challenger; 05-04-2013 at 06:29 PM. Reason: mobile version is poor