Re: Late Summer Swarm Trapping... any value? (Please read before responding!)
"Is there any point to setting up a newly constructed swarm trap at this point in the season, even though I have not yet built a hive, simply to have it be occupied in such a manner that it would make it a more attractive swarm trap in the spring?"
I would get moving on building and setting up a few swarm traps now to debug the entire process and to begin climbing the hands on learning curve. Construct the opening in such a way to prevent mice and birds from occupying the traps. You are less likely to catch a swarm without a swarm trap than with one, even this late in the season.
David. "Iím only a very stubborn beekeeper, who has decided to stop treatments. Thatís all." Juhani Lunden