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    Default Swarm in front entryway

    Here are some shots of a swarm I picked up last night in some folks front entryway, it was about 6-7lbs:





    Last edited by Gene Weitzel; 05-20-2008 at 02:48 PM.
    "The UNKNOWN, huh? That would be SNORBERT ZANGOX over in Waycross."

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    Nice catch!

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    Congrats! So far we've caught three within 4 feet of the ground.

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    Nice door prize.
    There's no place like 127.0.0.1

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    This is about my 10th swarm pick up of the season, but it is by far the largest, most of them have been about volleyball size.
    "The UNKNOWN, huh? That would be SNORBERT ZANGOX over in Waycross."

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    Quote Originally Posted by thesurveyor View Post
    Nice door prize.
    Yeah, the owners did not really think so, they were terrified and would not even come out the front door. The guy did have two young daughters that were really excited and fired up about the whole thing. I bet he had a heck of a time getting them into bed last night! LOL

    The swarm was not there when they left for work in the morning, but they found it when they returned home. By the time I got there at around 8:30 pm, they had already drawn about a 3" "torpedo" of comb.
    "The UNKNOWN, huh? That would be SNORBERT ZANGOX over in Waycross."

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    Quote Originally Posted by HAB View Post
    Congrats! So far we've caught three within 4 feet of the ground.
    I picked up one a couple of weeks ago that was on a plastic drum laying on its side on the ground. At first I thought that they were moving into the drum, but on further inspection I discovered that the drum was plugged, so they were just resting. Last weekend I peeked at them and saw the queen, she had a chip in one wing and obviously could not fly very high. Prolific little squirt though, they already had a couple of frames of brood going.
    "The UNKNOWN, huh? That would be SNORBERT ZANGOX over in Waycross."

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    ha,

    I had a different front entry in mind
    somebody tried to swarm yesterday and went up in a big oak in the backyard
    I ran an errand and came back and they were gone
    none of my strong hives "appeared" to have swarmed, no queen cells, lots of bees
    today I find this

    http://www.drobbins.net/bee's/pics/bugs.jpg

    trust me, 10 minutes earlier there were 3 times as many bees on the front of that nuc, there was a thunderstorm about to crash on us when I went to get a camera and a lot went back inside
    I think the " swarm" came from the nuc and went back home
    there were no queen cells in it but it was WAY overcrowded, slam packed with bees

    I split it and gave both halves a little more room, hopefully the queenless half will raise a new queen
    anyway, that was my "entryway" issue today

    Dave

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    Wouldn't it be fun to have a hidden cam and catch the reactions when they 1st discovered it...
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    "it was about 6-7 lbs."

    Looking at those pictures, it just amazes me how they can cling together like that and how they can distribute that weight. I can't think of anything else in nature right now quite like that; kind of an engineering/architectural feat. I wonder if the swarm is more hollow in the center.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldbee View Post
    I wonder if the swarm is more hollow in the center.
    When I misted them with a little water, they did contract a fair bit.
    "The UNKNOWN, huh? That would be SNORBERT ZANGOX over in Waycross."

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    Just an update, I decided to check this swarm this weekend since our Chinese Tallow flow finally hit hard and heavy. They had nearly drawn out 10 foundationless deep frames in less than 7 days! A large swarm like this sure is a "comb drawing powerhouse", especially in a strong flow. I forgot to take pics, but will try to remember to take some the next time I inspect them.
    "The UNKNOWN, huh? That would be SNORBERT ZANGOX over in Waycross."

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    I'm envious, but happy for ya! Glad you got them!

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