I just returned from the Palm Beach area where I placed our colonies at the beginning of October. Almost immediately upon arrival, the colonies begun to swarm and several more have done so. When we left Virginia at the beginning of the month to drop off the hives, the weather was in the 40-50's. It is in the 80's in the Palm Beach area.
We are prepping the colonies for transfer to the Citrus Groves and while I understand swarming is normal, I have not seen it this prevelant.
All queens are summer 2012 and they were on Brazilian Pepper for the month. The bottoms are partially plugged out, but the second deep is pretty empty. Anyone else have similar issues in the FLorida or southern area this year?