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  1. #1
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    Default I've never had a "swarm" like this before

    I think a better description is an open colony? Anyway, got this swarm call yesterday in the city and it's the first one I've ever had that had set up a home with brood and honey out in the open on a tree limb.

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    Default Re: I've never had a "swarm" like this before

    Looks like odfrank lost some more bees!
    Regards, Barry

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    Default Re: I've never had a "swarm" like this before

    Hope you saved that branch after the bees were removed! A great science class example, better than a paper wasp nest!
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    Default Re: I've never had a "swarm" like this before

    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    Looks like odfrank lost some more bees!
    They do look like some of mine. I will come up and pick them up tonight. Thanks for catching them.

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    Default Re: I've never had a "swarm" like this before

    Quote Originally Posted by odfrank View Post
    They do look like some of mine. I will come up and pick them up tonight. Thanks for catching them.
    I think Barry would agree that the reason we think they're yours is that I don't know of any other colony that would rather live out in the elements than live in one of your old olive drab T-111 hive boxes!
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    Default Re: I've never had a "swarm" like this before

    Quote Originally Posted by wildforager View Post
    Hope you saved that branch after the bees were removed! A great science class example, better than a paper wasp nest!

    I did save it. I will show it at our next beginner class!
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    Default Re: I've never had a "swarm" like this before

    Make sure you have an old olive drab box to show as well. They will obviously make the connection.
    Regards, Barry

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    Default Re: I've never had a "swarm" like this before

    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    Make sure you have an old olive drab box to show as well. They will obviously make the connection.
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    Default Re: I've never had a "swarm" like this before

    I thought I just read africanized bees can build a colony without a hive.

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    Default Re: I've never had a "swarm" like this before

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie B View Post
    must bee a cali thing
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    Default Re: I've never had a "swarm" like this before

    How very cool. I saw some pictures of bees like this from the south..on beesource I am sure too. Maybe they've been there a while.... are your bees still bringing a lot of pollen in Charlie? Up in Novato mine are still really busy, just shorter days and the coyote bush is in full bloom....

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    Default Re: I've never had a "swarm" like this before

    I've only seen one open nest like that and it was in Manteca, it was vacant though. Oh and I seen one on duck dynasty on tv earlier this year!
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    Default Re: I've never had a "swarm" like this before

    That is very interesting to see a colony out in the open like that.

    Looks like Charlie and Olly are at it again. I really seriously do appreciate the comedy you bring to this forum. Keep it up!

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    Default Re: I've never had a "swarm" like this before

    I knew something about bees rather living outside than in one of Frank's boxes was coming... or maybe they couldn't find another drab olive box and would rather live outside than in anything else! That should've been your reply Frank.... I'm here all week.

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    Default Re: I've never had a "swarm" like this before

    Quote Originally Posted by CaBees View Post
    are your bees still bringing a lot of pollen in Charlie? Up in Novato mine are still really busy, just shorter days and the coyote bush is in full bloom....
    On nice warm days like today they're bringing in everything they can find including pollen. The Eucalyptus flow starts soon so it will be time to add supers again. I'm getting good use out of my Maxant 3100p. Should have bought a 1400.
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    Default Re: I've never had a "swarm" like this before

    Quote Originally Posted by wildforager View Post
    Hope you saved that branch after the bees were removed! A great science class example, better than a paper wasp nest!
    Hello,

    Open air nests are very fragile and can be difficult
    to move without destroying them. What I do to
    preserve open air nests is to insert a few wood
    skewers through the combs, and give the bees
    a few days to secure the comb to the skewers.
    The nest can then be moved and placed near
    an ant hill to let them clean out the brood.
    Then covered with acrylic.

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    Default Re: I've never had a "swarm" like this before

    I had one similar in Arkansas about July 2012. The comb was still tender and white but had capped brood. They had been there about 2 weeks according to the neighbors.

    I moved them to a box, and they moved on the next day......

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    Default Re: I've never had a "swarm" like this before

    if you two do not stop fighting i will never heal up i am sore from laughing!

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    Default Re: I've never had a "swarm" like this before

    I had one VERY similar to yours. Open and to all the elements. I removed the combs and placed then into frames WITH the queen and into a ten frame hive two supers tall.
    Real simple as they were only three feet off the ground. Left the hive there for two weeks to get comfy with their new diggs.
    Half of them with the queen took off before I picked them up....... NOMADIC BEES! lol

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