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  1. #1
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    Default When is swarm season for you?

    It's swarm season in my part of the world.

    Walt Wright just mentioned that reproductive swarm cutoff where he lives is:
    Quote Originally Posted by wcubed View Post
    Normally, the end of the first week of April. This season, three weeks early, or just after mid March.
    March 20 was Spring equinox, but we don't even see swarming start until about three weeks after Spring equinox where I live.

    Quote Originally Posted by wcubed View Post
    Reproductive swarm cut off (repro c/o): The point in vegetative developement where the colony abandons swarm ambition in favor of colony survival. If the colony has not committed to swarm by starting swarm cells, they change internal operations to prepare for storing winter honey. The following three weeks is devoted to rearing the house bees needed to process and store honey at efficient rates.
    So when does the swarm season start for you and when is your reproductive swarm cutoff?
    How long is the reproductive swarm season?

    Thanks
    Matthew Davey

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    Default Re: When is swarm season for you?

    May, June, July. Sometimes late Summer swarms happen in September too.
    Mark Berninghausen #youmatter

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    Default Re: When is swarm season for you?

    In Southeast Missouri, we have a minor flow in the early spring, which for us is April. The main flow runs from Mother's Day (second Sunday in May until the 4th of July.

    Swarms start that third week in April, then continue through the 4th of July. It seems as long as the nectar is flowing, bees will be swarming.

    In my managed hives, if I utilize Walt's perceptive insights and if I can prevent swarming during that period of late April until mid-May, I'm into the nectar flow and they will not likely swarm.

    Grant
    Jackson, MO USA
    Beekeeping With Twenty-five Hives: https://www.createspace.com/4152725

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    Default Re: When is swarm season for you?

    Grant, that sounds very similar to here. Just 6 months apart!

    I'm also wondering if anyone has seen a swarm season map, if there is such a thing?

    Thanks
    Matthew Davey

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    Default Re: When is swarm season for you?

    what i'd like to know is, does swarm season begin with the start of the main nectar flow, or slightly before, or slightly after?

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    Default Re: When is swarm season for you?

    cheech.. The answer is Yes.

    cchoganjr

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