Re: how loud a swarm is?
They do make some noise as they come to a central location. It's a dull roar with a distinctive pitch. Once there though they can be quiet as a church mouse. I thought I had a swarm in my back yard a couple weeks ago from the dull roar pitch. I kept looking up into the honey locust tree where I could clearly here them. I then realize it was the bees working the blossoms heavily after a rain storm. I didn't even know they worked honey locust trees. Considering the amount of pollen the bees were carrying into the hives I say they were working the blossoms for the pollen.
As for not giving a frame of comb to a swarm to get the full potential of their comb drawing capabilities. I'd need to see some supporting documentation. It appears to me that the swarm with one frame of drawn comb still needs more comb and has the resources (young bees, gorged on honey before issuing) to draw the same amount of comb.
Last edited by D Coates; 06-01-2010 at 08:26 AM.
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