Re: How close would you put a swarm trap to a bee tree?
300 yards sounds about right, 100 yards the minimum.
Originally Posted by BeeGhost
Foundation with wax will attract wax moths if left long term.
The swarm is the natural process for the bee species to grow and survive.
That instinct makes them look for a new home far enough away that the two hives do not share much of the same forage.
The distance depends on the quality and quantity of forage surrounding the parent hive and suitable new home.
If there is an excellant new home in the same woods, but the woods is an oasis with barely enough forage for one hive and the next oasis is say two miles away, they will most likely move two miles.
Make the swarm catch box large enough to entice any swarm.
Studies indicate that the 10-frame deep has enough volume, the 8-frame has enough for many swarms, but a 5-frame nuc has little chance of catching even a small swarm.
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