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  1. #1
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    Default Swarm Trap Placement

    How far from an exsisting hive should a swarm trap be placed?

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    Default Re: Swarm Trap Placement

    From what i have read, there is no good answer. swarms have been known to establish themselves within feet of the parent colony, and as far away as miles. I have no experience catchign swarms, but I plan to place my traps in the neighborhood of one hundred yards to 1/4 mile from known hives. I'm haven;t been abe to find anything indicating there is a better range than this.

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    Default Re: Swarm Trap Placement

    The books say a few hundred yards - quarter mile. I say put them where it's convenient. Mine are within 20-30 yards of my hives.

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    Default Re: Swarm Trap Placement

    Welcome to Beesource!

    > How far from an exsisting hive should a swarm trap be placed?

    You may very well find that the bees that move into your swarm trap (if any) did not come from one of your hives. Here is a link to the Seeley study on swarm traps:

    http://ecommons.cornell.edu/bitstrea...ney%20Bees.pdf
    Graham
    --- Victor Hugo - "Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.

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    Default Re: Swarm Trap Placement

    I had bait boxes (5)all over my one acre lot. I had several swarms cluster too high for me to capture. They left. LOL I have never caught my own bees.
    my 2cnts
    Rick

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    Default Re: Swarm Trap Placement

    My understanding is you need to get 200 yards away before the scouts can use the bee dance to direct the swarm to a particular location. Closer than that and the dance does not work. So you need to get out at least 200 yards.

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    Default Re: Swarm Trap Placement

    They have the ability to communicate it, do they not because they are looking for a home and not food?

    Circle dance communicates "close to hive"
    Food sources that are at intermediate distances, between
    50 and 150 meters from the hive, are described by the
    sickle dance. This dance is crescent-shaped and represents
    a transitional dance between the round dance and a waggle
    dance.
    The waggle dance , or wag-tail dance, is performed
    by bees foraging at food sources that are more
    than 150 meters from the hive. This dance, unlike the
    round dance, communicates both distance and direction

    Rick

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