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  1. #1
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    Default First Swarm Of The Season

    3/8/11



    It cought us....we didn't catch it

  2. #2
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    Default Re: First Swarm Of The Season

    looks like they aren't grouped together, does that mean they lost the queen?

  3. #3
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    Default Re: First Swarm Of The Season

    That's about 30 min.s after they arrived. They had already moved into the boxes. We'll have to fish them out tonight.

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    Default Re: First Swarm Of The Season

    So did the entire swarm move into one of your existing hives? Would they attempt to supercede an existing queen or did you have an empty hive there?

  5. #5
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    Default Re: First Swarm Of The Season

    empty boxes.

  6. #6
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    Default Re: First Swarm Of The Season

    nice. I caught my first swarm of the year today too. It was hanging on the side of another hive in one of my yards. I don't think they planned for the high winds we had today. scrapped them off into a nuc box.

  7. #7
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    Default Re: First Swarm Of The Season

    We should end up some more over the next week or so. Lots of bees still in the almonds.

  8. #8
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    Default Re: First Swarm Of The Season

    Heard of one in Los Banos today also, really nice when they hive themselves.

  9. #9
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    Default Re: First Swarm Of The Season

    There must be some "it's time to swarm" scent in the air or something here in California. I caught one last night from a tree, SF Bay Area.
    Pics: http://losaltoshoneybees.wordpress.com/

  10. #10
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    Default Re: First Swarm Of The Season

    I didn't think you could hive a swarm at night. Those photos proved me wrong. I learn something everyday.
    Ninja, is not in the dictionary. Well played Ninja's, well played...

  11. #11
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    Default Re: First Swarm Of The Season

    Congrats!
    As I eagerly await that first swarm call I was going thru one of my hives on the side yard that is 3 deeps tall. This hive is turning out to be very strong as I have brood being raised in all 3 hive bodies. As I continued to dig thru the hive, I noticed at least 3 queen cells with brood being reared in them, so I guess I better do a split, otherwise the first swarm call I get will be in my own back yard. Right now there is a lot blooming around here. My wife got mad at me as I was admiring the bees working the Rosemary near the school as we were on our way there to pick up our kids today. What can I say, I'm easily distracted by watching my bees work.

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