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    Default When does swarm season start?

    Are there any good indicators that bees are about to swarm? I mean like what trees are blooming then, or do they swarm before the trees bloom? I have all kinds of fruit trees and berries. It'd be handy to know when to expect the most swarming. I'm planning to put up at least 7 swarm traps. Some will be 30 miles away. thanks.

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    Default Re: When does swarm season start?

    For me, the highest propensity to swarm is when the flow ramps into its fullest. Here that is when the locust and tulip poplar trees bloom. Fruit trees here don't provide enough nectar to make the hives swarmy.

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    Default Re: When does swarm season start?

    Thanks. We have some locust here, so that helps. I meant the fruit trees more as a way of estimating swarming time than a cause. I use my asparagus and dandylions to let me know it's time to hunt for morel mushrooms.

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    Default Re: When does swarm season start?

    When the maple tree leaves are the size of squirrels ears.
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    Default Re: When does swarm season start?

    For Nevada MO, your prime swarming season is from May 1st to June 1st. You can have swarms as early as the 1st of April, but that is rare. There are 2 peaks for nectar flows, the first is from May 15th to June 10th and the second is in the fall from August 15th to October 15th. The fall flow is primarily from goldenrod and aster.
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    Default Re: When does swarm season start?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kenww View Post
    When does swarm season start?
    In 6 Months.

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    Default Re: When does swarm season start?

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    When the maple tree leaves are the size of squirrels ears.
    My favorite answer to the "when is swarm season" question.

    Here in my area of Tennessee it is in the second week of april typically. But I have had swarm issues in March before. Weather weather weather!

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    Default Re: When does swarm season start?

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    When the maple tree leaves are the size of squirrels ears.
    LOL I passed a whole mouthful of coffee through my nose when I read that.
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    Default Re: When does swarm season start?

    Your computer screen was probably dirty anyway. Yer welcome.

    Bees swarm here where I live from early May into July. But if you want to avoid or curtail swarming you'd better get into your hives when dandelion starts to bloom.
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    Default Re: When does swarm season start?

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    When the maple tree leaves are the size of squirrels ears.
    Don't leave us hanging....which squirrel? Gray, red fox, or the black?
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    Default Re: When does swarm season start?

    For undetermined reasons, we can have swarms, here, just about any time of the year. Twice now I've had nice swarms in January. Perhaps it is connected to the likelihood of AHB colonies in my vicinity. When we have wet Winter's the wildflowers can get going very well, and provide enough forage, sometimes for a fairly good flow. However, those early swarms, that did come my way, were curiously, never directly associated with wet Winter's.

    The majority of swarms, I see in March, before our first major flow. During our Spring build-up period. And, later, almost as many swarms appear throughout the Summer -- especially during strong honey flows.
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    Default Re: When does swarm season start?

    Quote Originally Posted by AstroBee View Post
    Don't leave us hanging....which squirrel? Gray, red fox, or the black?
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