Re: Late Summer Swarm Trapping... any value? (Please read before responding!)
If you dont set traps you wont catch swarms. If you catch a swarm then baby them through the winter since you have no bees yet. If they die with your care, they probably would have died anyway. So might as well try.
I live in South Texas and we generally have mild winters. My first hive came from a colony that had built comb on an exposed oak branch. They swarmed twice before finally staying in the hive. I got them November 19, 2012. They gathered pollen all winter, and I did feed them a little syrup, but not much. They were ready to go in the spring. That initial hive has now been split and they have completely filled 2 4' top bar hives. Don't dispise the day of small beginnings!
TxBeek. KTBHs. Victoria, Tx. along the Gulf coast. Zone 9b.
Treatment free bees from traps and cutouts.