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  1. #1
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    Default Swarm Time of Day

    Hello!
    Is there a certain time of day that bees will swarm? Obviously they don't swarm at night (or do they??). Is it typically morning (10AM or earlier) or mid-day (10-2) or late day (3pm or later)? Have any of you experienced beeks notice a trend?
    Thanks in advance!

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    Default Re: Swarm Time of Day

    My Neighbors swarmed unexpectedly the other day here in Va. at about 8:30 to 9:00 am. Hope it helps, been hot as the devil here. G

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    Default Re: Swarm Time of Day

    I see many when I eat lunch.

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    Default Re: Swarm Time of Day

    The times vary from year to year, it is usually between 10 and 4, with most of mine this year around 1 in the afternoon.

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    Default Re: Swarm Time of Day

    I've had hives swarm in late afternoon. Weather can impact an imminent swarm. Its going to be a long day if you sit out there waiting.......
    Last edited by Lburou; 07-18-2013 at 08:14 PM.
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    Default Re: Swarm Time of Day

    Usually after 10 am, but in extremely hot weather it can be earlier. Never seen a swarm come out on a totally cloudy day, although I'm sure it has happened to someone. John

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    Default Re: Swarm Time of Day

    At night? Bees can't fly at night. lol

    Most of our calls are between 8am and 3pm.

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    Default Re: Swarm Time of Day

    Quote Originally Posted by ericweller View Post
    Hello!
    Is there a certain time of day that bees will swarm? Obviously they don't swarm at night (or do they??). Is it typically morning (10AM or earlier) or mid-day (10-2) or late day (3pm or later)? Have any of you experienced beeks notice a trend?
    Thanks in advance!
    I've seen only 3 swarms - ever. First one May 20, 2013 2:30 PM. The first one took up residence in my swarm lure. Second was July 23 or 24, 2013 at 4:20 PM. The second swarm left a ferral hive I moved to a new location a day or two before they swarmed, and third one was July 30, 2013 at 11:30 AM. The third swarm was the same bees which left the second swarm. The third swarm also moved into my lure box. Each time the weather was warm, breezy and sunny to partly cloudy.

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    Default Re: Swarm Time of Day

    Quote Originally Posted by jmgi View Post
    Usually after 10 am, but in extremely hot weather it can be earlier. Never seen a swarm come out on a totally cloudy day, although I'm sure it has happened to someone. John
    One of my hives swarmed on Memorial Day between rain storms. Went out to make sure nothing had blown over in the last round of wind and rain and and they started swarming as I approached, it was pouring rain again as I shook them from the tree they landed in.

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