Re: Signs of swarm preparation?
Pulling up records for my swarming: 2011, June 12, 18, 26: 2012 July14: 2013 April 25 and 27. Now in 2013 records also show a record heat wave with 75 and sun for Easter. Big red plum, Peaches, and cherries were 16 days early. It does not compute to an April swarm date rather than a June or July date unless the degree days are considered. Since they use that data for bug hatch for fruit trees why not bees? BTW our major flow is early fruit in April and the entire country is blackberries (wild Himalayan) in Mid to end of June. We have nothing after that worth speaking of.
“Why do we fall, sir? So that we might learn to pick ourselves up” Alfred Pennyworth Batman Begins (2005)