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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Sarasota, fl
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    Default first swarm questions

    I have 20 hives on my property. They are all close together on a waist high rack. Last Friday I was looking out the window of my house and noticed a swarm directly above my hives.The swarm was on a fork in a tree and about the size of 3 footballs. I thought one of my hives may have swarmed, but questioned that because they all have adequate room and no queen cells on the most recent check. I put a ladder up into the tree and put a veil on. I grabbed a Nuc with 2 frames of drawn comb and planned to screw the Nuc to the tree under the swarm and brush the bees into the box. When I was almost to the swarm, they started to make more noise and more noise, I froze and watched as a huge cloud raised up and flew away. Now my question ? ever since Friday there have been about 100 or so bees on the spot of the swarm just clinging to the branch. Should I put the Nuc up there and try to lure them in ? Are they scouts for a swarm? or are they left over from the swarm and missed the mass exit ? All of my hives are intact and it had to be a wild swarm.Thanks for you time to answer. Jim

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Kingsport, Sullivan, Tennessee
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    780

    Default Re: first swarm questions

    Likely scouts that got left behind, would be my guess, too. Too bad you couldn't get them. -js

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