Re: Odfrank's Observations - Bees Inhabiting Potential Nesting Sites
Bees can be finicky. I have had swarms move into a pallet of 60 shallow supers. I have had swarms which were gathered into two deep boxes and then leave for somewhere else. I have shaken swarms down off of a branch of two foot high cedar tree only to go back where I shook them down from, twice. So, bees will do whatever they please. I don't see any of the observations mentioned here as all that unusual or surprising. Interesting though.
Keep track of where you find swarms lighting. Chances are next years swarms may light there too. I had two swarm calls from the same guy this year w/ two swarms gathered on the same branch at different times, about a week apart. Don't know where the parent hive is.
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