Nice work Drakos!
Nice work Drakos!
Does size matter?
Bait #43 had a choice between a five frame Langstroth deep nuc or a Jumbo depth eight frame box and filled the five framer wall to wall. Charlie will say it was the ugly green color they rejected.
Yep! The jumbo looks like an old Army 50 cal. ammo box, hardly the look girls are going for these days.
That depends on what girls you're going out with.
I've got 10 traps, and swarming is just beginning here. I'm channeling Odfrank this season. He's my hero in this department. 43?!?! Or is it more now? There should be a Wikipedia entry on you for this stuff.
We're never going to hear the end of it anyway. And in truth, can any of us really forget? I mean, come ON! Anyone who gets into swarm trapping and has spent any time on this forum got to have a moment or two thinking, "Odfrank got 40-something, I've got to be able to catch at least ONE!"
At least that's what I'm thinking...
thats what I'm thinking too. At least you've got the added comfort that you live 5 timezones away whereas I'm only a mile away from Ollie!
I am up to 44 baits caught, five of which were either a "Phantom" bait swarm or a "zombie" bait swarm, or and "Occupier" swarm. A Phantom swarm looks good at move in but turns out later to be queenless, I had two of them. A Zombie swarm is a tiny cluster that usually come in pairs into boxes laced with LGO and placed to close together. This happens on my pile of baits in storage. These fist sized swarms think they have a queen but only have the LGO. They develop laying workers. I had two of those. An Occupier swarm is a bunch of scouts that keep spending the night, never bring in a swarm, and never leave until they all die six weeks later. I have one box I suspect is a Zombie swarm, it has a good looking patch of brood, but I never find a queen and see a few cells with two eggs. I have had several that immediately develop EFB, some are responding to medication. I have caught a few swarms, got paid $350 for a easy cutout, and today go a messy cutout in a box and bucket as a gift. The bait at my house has scouts, and a warmup is coming. I am up about 50 colonies without buying a queen or package. I have had several romantic evenings driving around picking up my catches. Life is good.
If it wasn't for the earlier thread(s) with ODFrank and Charlie B's witty repartee about swarm trapping, its likely I would not have been motivated to build some traps. With 5 traps around mine and neighboring properties, I have caught only one swarm, but I am very pleased with those results. As a new beek, I increased my apiary by a whopping 50%, and did it for free!
. . . . . . "Reality trumps ideology." - - [Crofter - 2017]
It's funny. I've got all kinds of non-honey bees that are visiting my yard, just not a lot of honey bees. Today I noticed at least 3 different kinds of bumblebees in my wife's foxglove. Theres also a bigger solid black bee as well (and I have no idea what type of bee that is). Then I've got a ton of sweat bees pollinating as well (and I didn't really know they even did that). I get a little traffic from my own bees, but my girls are totally hanging out in the open field behind the houses across the street. That must be where all the honey bees in my neighborhood are hanging out. I've seen normal bumbles in my yard in the past, but I'm really surprised to see all the alternate pollinators.
has anyone else noticed that the plastic frames that mann lake sells has that 'bee smell' to them? It's the same the smell the bees make when they are buzzing around you. I was assembling some of those frames in my back yard and there were a number of bees checking me out while I was doing it so I'm going to switch the dadant frames in my trap with some of these and see if it helps bring in some traffic.
The large all black bee is probably a carpenter bee, they burrow holes in old wood to lay eggs.
That lovely bee smell on the new frames is wax.
[QUOTE=BayHighlandBees;806215 That must be where all the honey bees in my neighborhood are hanging out.
Your bees are hanging out in my swarm traps. I had to add a few supers yesterday. The California Cherry is in bloom, you can see all the light yellow blossum on the left as you drive up Tichonderoga, the toyon will pop soon.
Hi guys, i'v caught 8 so far out of 11 5-frame nuks. just made up 6 15-frame TB nuks and put them out a week now.
here's a pic of one of the TB nuks i made (these were inspired by you Tomas)
I have cut enough plywood to make 24 of these and hope to get them made and out within the next week
reason for making larger traps is because I have lost 2 known large swarms because the 5-framers are just too small.
Tomas in Honduras, where are you? Give us your count. Ollie's eating our lunch!!!