Re: Late Summer Swarm Trapping... any value? (Please read before responding!)
came back home from doing a little work in the outyard this morning to find a small swarm clustered at the top of one of my best hives. i'm not sure, but i think it came from the hive it is on and i assume that it is likely post-supercedure.
since they were right at the top of the box, i went inside and pulled an old brood frame that i had been keeping in the freezer for just an occasion, put it an empty five frame nuc box, stapled a q-tip with lemongrass oil and queen juice to the inside of the top cover, and set it on the hive.
in no time a large number of bees from the swarm were going in and out of the nuc box, but they failed to march right in like i thought they might.
after a while the swarm took flight and buzzed around and lit again in a tree about 20 feet away.
they are still many scouts coming and going from the nuc box, we'll see how it plays out.
i usually don't bother with these late small swarms but i didn't have anything better to do. if they end up in the nuc i'll go ahead and feed them and see if the queen is any good.
journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives