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05-17-2007, 06:15 PM
earliest was 3/11 this year - 94401, saw a big one last week - 94063

05-21-2007, 08:40 PM
What is that fighting behavior about with baited bees? Today's bait swarm must have a few dozen dead bees in front of it. Small bees, on large cell comb, 94402. I tell the folks that have my baits at their house, when they start killing each other, expect the swarm to arrive.

05-26-2007, 11:56 AM
Thought swarming season was over, Stacked a bait that was unsuccessful in the pile, it was filled with Small cell combs that were yellow but had been in a hive that got AFB:eek: . Bingo, 5/21 good sized swarm. 94401
Have lost count on my baits, maybe 15 so far, several very small. :)

06-16-2007, 04:43 PM
A late good one 6/15 -95030. This was from a bait swarm I caught on 3/11, it had partially filled a deep, partially filled half a medium honey super, had an empty above that. Only had two queen cells. Now there's a crummy strain of bees if you ask me. Two gardeners who had never worked bees caught it from a 15' high tree limb into a cardboard box following my instructions over the phone. Let's hear if for the Bob and Salvo, the heroic bee luvin' gardeners of Monte Sereno.

06-22-2007, 12:03 AM
95684-probably my hive. weighed in at 1 3/4 pounds.

06-26-2007, 11:32 PM
95667- question whether the swarm was my bees. very dark queen and bees and hive inspections didn't show any queens missing. 6/22 swarm may not of been mine either.

07-02-2007, 12:26 PM
small swarm-95667

07-27-2007, 12:38 AM
95684- multiple swarms. weather dosen't change here in summer. either hot and dry or hotter and drier :)

08-01-2007, 06:14 PM
95667- decent size.

10-01-2007, 11:33 AM
I got a call yesterday for a swarm. I expected it would be in a wall or roof, but in fact it was in a tree in the front yard. It was almost the size of a football. I shook it into a nuc and he was happy to give me a contribution of $100. :D

I know this is in San Diego, but it's pretty late. What chances do I have of it making it through the winter?

11-26-2007, 03:29 PM
My hive swarmed in March, 2007, 95667

02-20-2008, 11:30 AM
I'm in San Diego and have had three swarm calls already this year.

The first was on February 9th, although it had gone by the time I got there.


02-20-2008, 11:01 PM
2/13/08 Hive in hollow of tree there since Oct last year. Italians Cent Ca In Tulare sorry don t know zip. I am in the next county


04-02-2008, 08:44 PM
We had our first swarm on 3-31-08 94040
They flew up to a branch on an oak tree 25 ft above the hive. Unfortunately we were not able to catch them in time before they flew off. We had just split the hive two weeks earlier from a very strong colony.

04-12-2008, 11:21 AM
at the american river farm 95827 bees in bait hive for wil's birthday.

04-18-2008, 10:36 PM
Small swarm on 4-10 in Roseville 95661
basketball size swarm in Marysville 95901 on 4-10 as well about 73 and windy
and basketball size on 4-17 in Marysville 95901 80 and sunny

04-18-2008, 11:19 PM
I had a call to a house yesterday afternoon about 3.00 pm. The household said he's had bees in the attic before and didn't want them again.

There were lots of bees 'checking out' the vents in his roof, kitchen, bathroom and AC vents. We stood and watched for a while, scratching our heads wondering what to do. Then a light-bulb went on in my head. Why not put a bait hive on his patio cover, about 8 feet off the ground facing due east.

I put a brood box, a few frames with strips of foundation and one with an old comb. I even put a little lemon grass oil on one of the top bars.

The house holder called me at 8.45 this morning to say they had arrived. I'm not sure how big the swarm is, but it seemed pretty heavy and a peep from underneath through the screen-floor showed the bottom of the cluster touching the floor. :D

04-20-2008, 09:38 AM
95827- hurly farm. dark bees.

04-27-2008, 10:48 PM
Hi , new to this all . got a call Friday at 12pm with a swarm on a Japanese maple . Luckily it was about 4 feet off the ground. I picked it up at about 4 p.m. and they are now in their new site on the farm . It was about the size of a soccer ball . sonoma county california

06-05-2008, 11:18 PM
Area Code: 94702
Swarm: May 28th, from a package installed April 1.

06-13-2008, 12:00 AM
medium sized swarm of dark bees. black queen. 95684

08-22-2008, 07:33 PM
94401, several frames, in bloom are red eucalyptus, texas privet, others. Bigger than a late supersedure swarm.

09-21-2008, 12:41 PM
10pm at night on Friday September 19th at a hotel in Carmel Mountain, San Diego, CA 92128

Tuesday 23rd, another good sized, 18" off the ground on trunk of a small palm tree, 92064

12-23-2008, 11:54 PM
I collected a small swarm from an olive tree on Sunday 21st, the winter solstice!

I know our climate in San Diego is mild, but the first day of winter? :scratch:


03-19-2009, 07:50 PM
March 19, 94702

03-21-2009, 04:44 PM
Prime swarms:
March 17, 2009 (1)
March 20, 2009 (1)

After swarms:
March 18, 2009 (01)
March 19, 2009 ( 01)
Zip code: 93010

04-07-2009, 08:47 AM
location - California (Central Coast near San Luis Obispo)
weather - Sunny, about 65-70 for the past few days...rain on the way
origin of swarm if known - unknown
date - April 6th, 2009

Tom G. Laury
04-10-2009, 09:59 AM
Large swarm in fruit tree April 05. Tulare county Calif.

04-17-2009, 09:46 PM
Bait hives filled this week:
2 - 94402
1 - 94010
1 - 94062
1 - 94027
1 - 94063
All small swarms.

swarm caught 94402

04-19-2009, 12:23 PM
april 19 2009 95232

Margaret Sloan
04-29-2009, 09:52 AM
3 swarms in 3 days-March 17, 18, 19 2009, all from the same hive
Menlo Park, CA

05-06-2009, 08:57 PM
had one of two hives swarm twice one week apart. the other standing pat. week of 4 2. orange bloom the next week and one full super the week after that. urban backyard hives.

05-16-2009, 12:46 AM
I saw a swarm this evening, CA 94901, descended on a eucalyptus tree about 15 ft up in a hollow that used to be one side of a y branch upwards. I didn't know how deep the hollow was at first, and was brushing bees out. I got about half of them into a cardboard box when I saw some old comb. This spot must be like a stopover for bees, because it must flood when it rains.

05-28-2009, 12:34 PM
I got my bees from a second swarm so it was quite small - the primary swarm must have been earlier. They were Italians? but unsure if they were from a domestic or feral colony. They were captured on the 14th of april in Lincoln CA and now live in Sacramento. Weather was in the 70's that day and it was warm early this year.
Hope that helps. I have a friend who does swarm calls in the Sacramento area and she got her first call on February 27.

Doug Hailer
06-01-2009, 10:21 PM
I happened to be dropping off smoker fuel at my mother in law house and thought i'd check on her hives. one hive was boiling over with thousands of bees. they swarmed and landed 30 feet away in a plum tree. went home and got an empty Lang and was able to shake them in. couple hundred on the landing board began fanning and with in 30 minutes most of the stragglers joined the hive. :D

06-07-2009, 10:49 PM
95632 swarm came in on Easter (4-12-09) and took up residence in a balcony of a friends house. Extraction was 2 days later.

06-29-2009, 12:38 AM
6-28-09 Wife's birthday, so she got an unexpected present. Got the call about 5 pm that a small swarm had landed in a tree up in Pine Grove, which is about 1 hour from here. Grabbed a nuc box and a frame of nectar from the hive in the back yard along with 2 undrawn frames and loaded up. Cap'd them about 6:30pm. Let the nuc sit for an hour and an half still full of bees and most the the extras settled in, so I think I got em. Put the hive in the backyard around 10pm and there is a few hanging out on the front porch, but the hive I stole the frame from has some sitting out there too..was 107 here today.:eek: Kinda jazzed, first swarm that was in a tree, hell of a lot easier than ripping out a wall! Prob about 1 to 1.5 lbs of bees.

07-07-2009, 10:59 PM
Ug, the heartbreak of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Was told by a lady my wife knew that a large swarm had taken up residence this morning in downtown Lodi, which is only 15 mins south of me. I guess someone called it in and the local police volunteers showed up to divert people away while they waited on a call to animal control. This info was passed on to me about 4 hours after the fact. I called the PD and was informed that they were already dealt with, tho not sure what exactly that means. This is the 3rd swarm I have heard of in the last 2 weeks in just casual conversations. Going camping this weekend up country, kinda close to where I got my swarm last week, guess I will take my supplies just in case. Cross your fingers I'll bring back a souvenir.

07-09-2009, 07:47 AM
Got call from local PD yesterday for a swarm, but when I got there, the patch of bees that were on the wall was small. As I looked closer, I noticed that they were bring in pollen, so I think this is and established hive in the wall and that someone just saw the extra bees bearding outside. The building has a stucco exterior and where they are at is accessable from both the roof side and the outter wall side. The building is also for rent, but as of yet the owner has not returned my phone call, so I am curious, is there any way to lure them out in into a nuc that I can place near by or is extraction the only choice?

12-07-2009, 09:21 AM
Two swarms caught the other day. Usually see a couple a month this time of year weather is still in the 70's here.

02-13-2010, 12:47 PM
First call of the year this morning in San Carlos, CA 94070. Very early considering the months of overcast weather we have had.

03-01-2010, 11:20 AM
Found one in my beeyard about 2-25-10

03-03-2010, 12:51 PM
I caught a swarm last week on 2/26/10 it was a realy nice day glad I caught them that night we had a bad storm Arroyo Grande Ca.

03-08-2010, 12:58 PM
Talked to a fellow Beek, she picked up a small swarm on Saturday (3-6-10) in Amador/Sacramento county area, from her neighbors yard.

03-14-2010, 01:19 PM
Clements, CA this morning. Got an email about them last night that they arrived around 5pm. Called the guy up this morning and went and got them. He offered to pay me, but I couldn't bring myself to do that. The thrill was enough pay for me and it was only 20 miles from my house.

03-16-2010, 12:36 PM
Got my second for the season. This time I was building some supers in my backyard yesterday and one decided to move in during constructin. Arroyo Grande Ca.

If you build it they will come

03-16-2010, 06:38 PM
Got a call today to pick up a large swarm, before I could get the truck loaded the lady called back to say they where gone.
They had been there over 24 hours.

Just got a call an hour later. It seems they moves a mile or so into the wall under a lady's front porch.

Jerry Kinder
03-17-2010, 11:43 AM
I caught a small swarm March 17 in Hacienda Heights, Ca. 91745.

Here at work, I was told of two other swarms in the Long Beach California area around the same time.

The weather here has just switched from cool rainy weather to hot and sunny. I thought it may have something to do with all the swarms taking flight.

04-02-2010, 10:00 AM
Friday, April 02, 2010
Postal zone 93010, southern California
I have hived or collected five swarms over the past two weeks.
We have had some colder weather and a small amount of rain so I expect to see a few more swarms.
Some swarms were reported the 1st week of March.
The 80 to 85 degrees F weather plus the hives needed room ,supering, probably contributed to some of the swarms.
I expect to see more swarms when we get back into the 80's next Wednesday.

04-06-2010, 01:39 PM
Just got home from capping a swarm on a small tree in Tracy, CA 95304. :applause::D They landed on Saturday, and the weather kept them down. Sunday was UGLY, wind, rain, cold, you name it!


04-07-2010, 12:21 AM
Galt, CA 95632. I was getting ready to go to work and showing the wife where I placed the hive I just brought home. From where I was, I could see shadows buzzing around outside the window. I thought it was the new hive getting settled in and learning their new homes location. When I opened the blinds, I saw they were facing my house while flying around, I thought, "why are they looking at my house?" When I looked up at the roof, I got my answer. There was a swarm hanging from my roof. I DON'T HAVE TIME FOR THIS, I have to leave in 15 mins!!! I check the hive I just brough home, they were all still busy and appeared happy, so it wasn't them. I got the ladder and placed it under the swarm, knocked a bunch of bees in a nuc with some frames and placed the hive near where they were hanging. Must have not gotten the queen, cause when I got home the box was empty and they were clustered on the house again. Well, that's the bad news, the good is, tomorrow I get another crack at em!


04-07-2010, 08:32 PM
Concord 94519

04-07-2010, 11:59 PM
Dang, see how work is a bad thing? Missed swarm call at 5:11 pm tonight. Stockton, CA zip unknown. Someone picked it up a couple of hours ago.


04-08-2010, 08:20 AM
Got a call last night about a swarm 30 miles away and as I was about to hang up. I noticed a swarm about 25 feet from my hives. I checked my hives they didnt come from mine. So two swarms one afternoon 93420 and thats after working my 10 hour work day.

04-08-2010, 03:54 PM
Does it count if it came out of one of your other hives? if so, Galt, 95632 around 12:30 pm. I was placing the other swarm, that I lured with the frame of brood into a nuc when I heard loud buzzing coming from where my other hives are. I looked over and saw a bunch of bees in the air. I walked over to the hives and the bees were just pouring out of one of my hive. I just kept watching to see where they went. Ladder where the old swarm was, side of the house, then my pool in the back yard, followed by the neighbors tree. With the gardener next door mowing, another one using a line trimmer and the last one using a leaf blower (all gas), I couldn't hear the bees anymore and the number of bees I could see flying was getting less and less. I was scanning the tree and not finding any. I was ready to kill the gardener. They didn't speak any English and I know it's not their fault they were mowing the lawn, just doing what they were hired to do. I Walked away from them so I wouldn't say something. I walked back to the hives to look around and there was a cluster of bees about the size of a cantaloupe under the hive that swarmed. It was too early to be bearding, so I thought maybe they were just gathering waiting for the queen. I started scooping bees into another nuc and was just sitting out there watching to see what they would do. There were still bees everywhere, but I saw a small cluster on the front top left side of the nuc. As I was looking at it, there she was. I saw her bald thorax and head sticking out of the group! I carefully scooped up the cluster and verified that the queen was there. I placed my hand over the nuc and plcaed it on top of the frames in the nuc and tried to coax her onto the frames. She landed on her back and was trying to right herself, she didn't get a chance. All the bees that were with her, literally dragged her down into the frames. If it would have been a cartoon, you probably would have seen her leave nail marks as she was dragged away against her will. :popcorn:
Well, needless to say, I am very happy right now, 3 swarms in 3 days :applause::cool::D


04-08-2010, 10:02 PM
Just got home from Valley Springs with another swarm. Zip code 95252



04-09-2010, 11:29 PM
Caught a swarm 89701 Carson City Nevada, too bad it was from one of my hives :)

I say it's all good, sometimes nature just happens. It could have been worse, someone else could have caught em.

04-10-2010, 02:36 PM
Clements again this morning. Biggest one yet, close to 5 lbs

04-11-2010, 07:24 PM
Hi, I am here in Central California--Monterey Peninsula. My big, beautiful hive swarmed at least 4 times--on April 7 and April 9. I was able to recapture and hive those 4 swarms--happily! Zip code is 93924:)

04-14-2010, 08:27 AM
Congrats guys! Nic pics too!:applause:


04-14-2010, 09:35 PM
Told the wife I would be home from work early, she told me that would be fine, cause there's a swarm call from across town. Starting my weekend early is great, but starting it with a swarm is awesome. Good size, needed a 10 frame box, they wouldn't fit a 5 framer.


04-15-2010, 01:23 PM
I caught two yesterday. that puts me up to seven swarms caught this season. I couldnt believe it they came to my beeyard. I checked the 10 hives I have there and they are all booming so they didnt come from them. They were big swarms both took a full 10 fram box to fit them all. San Luis Obispo County. theres a few more days of warm weather before it cools off I better get some more hives ready

04-19-2010, 12:07 AM
HUGE swarm Yesterday in a tree here in Galt, almost missed the call cause I was getting ready for work. I climbed the tree in pants and a t-shirt and cut the branch, put it in a box and headed off to work. Got a call today around 12:10 pm for a swarm in Lodi, Ca, 95240, which I will go collect tomorrow AM, thanks to having to go to work again. Then the place in Rio Vista, 94571, called back today, guess the guy that drove 2 hours to get to them, was let down by a shy bees. The bees took flight 3 minutes after he got there, but they have another swarm in a tree, not sure if its the same one or not, but going to get it after the Lodi one tomorrow. I'll have to make another trip to Mann Lake I guess, that should make the wife REAL happy. :rolleyes:


04-20-2010, 08:19 AM
Got the Lodi and Rio Vista one yesterday with no problems, While out, I got a call for a swarm in a Stockton (95201 amoung others), plus a cut out in Stockton and Tracy (95304). I'm sure with the rain, I wont seem any calls today or tomorrow.

I've been getting A LOT (more than I have time for) of calls for cutouts near Sacramento, CA. They have been in Rancho Murieta, Columa, El Dorado Hills, Lodi, Stockton (3) and Tracy. If there is anyone out there that is interested in picking a cutout job, send me a PM with your info.



Jerry Kinder
04-23-2010, 10:06 PM
Got a swarm this evening 4/23/2010 in Hacienda Heights, California 91745 (southern Calif.) :D. It is a nice ball a little smaller than a basket ball. I think I have the queen. It's my first swarm capture and I hiveed them immediately into a topbar hive I built last year.

04-23-2010, 11:14 PM
Well, the cut out went good. I was completely out of equipment til I went for more....good thing too, got 2 swarms in Galt, missed a 3rd that flew right over the house, sent the wife after it, but she lost it. Got a call for Stockton at an old Victorian home, but it's like 45 feet up to it. Got a call from Stockton PD, there was a swarm at the Asparagus festival, but I guess they already got someone, too bad too, my contact said "just get em, submit a bill and get paid!" While at home having dinner with the family, got a text from Facebook. A guy I know said his neighbor had a swarm. Back to Stockton I went. Good thing too, 2 feet long by 9 inches wide 3 feet off the ground! While there, I got a call from my dad in Lincoln, one of my swarm traps FINALLY paid off today, cluster off bees on it tonight. Well, back to the garage to build the last 4 hives I bought yesterday and consume some beer.


04-29-2010, 12:28 AM
Cut out is going smoothly so far, HUGE colony that's been there for like maybe a week, will pick it up bright and early Friday morning. Would have loved to have heard that thing when it was in the air. Big enough that I needed a 2nd box just to get them all in. I took the 2nd box down this AM and while there got a call for a swarm in the South part of Stockton in the park. Got there and it was about 4 feet off the ground on the trunk of the tree. I literally built box in the street just to get it. Got it home, put 6 frames together just to get something in the box before they built on the lid, then went to work. 10 in 10 days. Anyone wanna buy some bees? :rolleyes:


P.S. My real job is get in the way of my bee jobs.

04-30-2010, 06:24 PM
Well, going for yet another cut out. Swarm landed on Tuesday and decided that the enclosed fence was the perfect place to set up shop. I thought the little old lady that lives where the fence is was paying, so when she asked how much, I went easy on her and said $40. She said, ok, the land lord will cut you a check. :doh: Prob could have gotten a wee bit more.
BTW, what are peoples opinion about the possibility of AHB in San Joaquin county? The bees I took out of the wall in Stockton, Sure were pissy when I took them today. I went to put some TP in the enterance to block them off and within 10 seconds, I must have had 100 bees outside the hive and smacking me something fierce. Never had that bad of a response before.


05-10-2010, 08:45 PM
The swarm came in on Sat. up in Woodland, made $250 today extracting it from the wall. :thumbsup:


05-12-2010, 12:41 AM
FINALLY! Got a call for a swarm today in Lodi (95240). First swarm on almost 2 weeks...was beginning to think they didn't like me anymore.


05-12-2010, 12:10 PM
Sorry, a bit late. Swarm caught in Westlake Village, CA on 5/8/2010.

06-27-2010, 05:17 PM
Picked up a swarm here and there in the past couple of months, but have not really reported em, I've been too busy. Got a swarm today in Stockton, easy grab. Have a cut out in Stockton currently in progress. Just got off the phone with Stockton again...Good Lord, I could make a living in Stockton doing this....Bees in a box, been there for a while, yes the box can be picked up and carried off, so going back to Stockton tonight after dark...:cool:


06-28-2010, 01:18 AM
This "box" turned out to be like the worlds oldest table saw or something. It has a flip open box, which was closed. when you open it, you see a blade, but no bees. there were still quite a few bees outside the box since it was still 90 outside at 9:30 pm. The bees are going in thru 2 holes, one on each side that looks like its so the saw dust can escape? Well, I figured I would just pick the whole thing up and carry it. It was going to be a heavy mutha! As I got it close to the edge, I felt something landing on my feet. I looked down and its clumps of bees. I stop, look at the bottom and I am looking at a pelthora of bees and comb....shoot, no bottom, had to revise the plan. It was a pain, but finally got it to the truck. Unloading it was just as much of a headache, but I got it out. Next step is to figure out how to get them outta there ASAP since in a related another thread we discussed how many hives you can have in your city....well, my local PD will be telling me soon...a friend of mine with PD told me they gotta call complaining today about bees visiting her pool. :doh: Though there's pleanty of water sources BEFORE her pool, I can't say they are or are not my bees since I have not been able to strap the GPS tracking unit on the bees legs yet, but I figure the 3, now 4 hives on the driveway gave her someone to point a finger at. So those ones will be gone out to pasture in the coming week. He also told me that there isn't any laws yet that he's come across that I have violated, but I figure it's only a matter of time before someone slaps them with the nuisance label.:ws


07-29-2010, 11:56 PM
Notta swarm but got my first extraction call in weeks, so I was excited! Bees in a box, $ in my pocket.:applause:


08-10-2010, 01:06 AM
Gotta call for bees on a house in Acampo on Thurday. It's an established hive that I vacuumed up. The comb was 2ft x 2 ft and 10 across in the eves. As I worked on clearing the comb, I saw 4 queen cells. One was chewed open on the bottom, the other 3 were torn open from the side, so they swarmed recently. Once I had the bees that were on the exposed comb dealt with, you could see the bees were in the wall too. The owner said he'd deal with that. So I took my vacuum home and weighed it, it was 5 lbs heavier than when I left. I put the bees in a hive and got a frame of open brood into the hive quickly so I could keep them in the hive and also give them the resources to create a new queen just in case she was already inside the wall.
I got another call for a house that claims to have 3 colonies in the walls. I'll have to check that later this week, plus advise them of the cost. Funny that she called me and told me that I can have them for free.
Last I got a call yesterday for bees in Stockton (again) and this time it turned out to be an easy grab. Bees in a upside down 5 gallon bucket! That, plus she paid me $100 to take em, gotta love it!


08-15-2010, 09:42 AM
Swarm call in North Stockton at 9:30 at night. I was already heading that direction to go visit a friend. Since I had my truck and not my motorcycle, I had all my bee stuff except for a hive. At first I thought I would just put them in a cardboard box, but realized I also had my 5 gallon bee vac with me. Two pound swarm cleaned up in about 10 mins off of a retaining wall. When I got to my buddies house, I pulled up a map. That revealed that I was less than a 1/4 mile away from where his inlaws live. His inlaws have a hive in a brick pillar in front of their house. I wonder if they swarmed from there?


08-23-2010, 01:48 PM
Swarm call, Northside of Stockton on a lawn. It was small, prob gonna need a lot of help just to get them up to par enough for a nuc winter. Found the parent colony in a nearby PG&E insert that's in the gound. Will have to contact them about that before I go grabbing some high voltage lines.


12-21-2010, 10:01 PM
We collected two swarms this year 2010, May 20 and 21. It was a sunny day and warm.

Jerry Kinder
03-04-2011, 12:51 PM
Friday, March 4th, 2011. Swarm in Hacienda Heights, California 91745. I noticed the bees flying in circles about 11:00 and the ball is still forming a cluster at 11:45. It is a bright sunny day and around 75 degrees outside. The cluster is in an orange tree and is about 4 feet off the ground but buried in many small branches. I will try and hive the swarm.

03-04-2011, 07:12 PM
Thursday 3/3/11, San Carlos, California 94070. Good sized swarm in a tree fern.

Pink Cow
03-09-2011, 05:35 PM
My first this year:

Alamo, CA 94507
Good size, maybe 1.5 footballs one foot from ground in a small shrub. Easy get.

03-14-2011, 11:51 PM
Saw a couple guys pulling a swarm from a conifer tree in san jose on march 10th, 2011. About 12 feet off the ground.

zip 95125


03-23-2011, 03:21 PM
Caught a small swarm yesterday (3/22/11) in Sacramento, CA. Conveniently located on a bush, 2' up. It was my first swarm!

03-28-2011, 11:38 PM
3/28/11 swarm in Santa Maria, CA

03-29-2011, 06:34 PM
2 friends hives swarmed in the last week.

03-30-2011, 12:57 PM
March 27, 2011
Sacramento, CA
Approximately 4 pound swarm at state capitol grounds. In a camellia bush about 18 inches above the ground, taped off with caution tape. Nice easy capture, was not able to cut the branch but one good shake dropped the cluster into my nuke box.

03-31-2011, 08:15 PM
Bout time I get to post in here, I've been jonesing for a hit!

Acampo, Ca (95220) 12:30, a beauty, currently in hive.
Galt (95632) yes, my hive finally popped at 1:00 and are camped out in a hive on my front porch.
Woodbridge (95258) at 1:25, this resulted in a trap out as they took up residence by the time I got there.

2 in the box and now a scheduled job.
I'll call that a nice start.

04-01-2011, 06:49 PM
very large swarm in neighbors front yard.

04-02-2011, 11:27 AM
Stockton, Ca 95210

MEANEST swarm I have ever dealt with! All I did was shake the branch to knock them in the box, I didn't drop them, but they were mad!


Jerry Kinder
04-06-2011, 09:24 AM
Got a swarm Tuesday, April 5 in Hacienda Heights, California, 91745.

It seems to be a good size swarm and is gathering lots of pollen and nectar. It moved into a Nuck that that I have been using as a swarm trap in the back yard. it sits behind my shed on a shelf about 5 feet off the ground. There was old comb in the box.

04-06-2011, 07:49 PM
probably one of mine. Swarm was in the bee yard.

Stephen Stryd
04-07-2011, 10:31 PM
Yesterday, 4/6/2011 a large swarm came through the back pasture and landed on the lone almond tree I have there. Needless to say, I caught it, seems OK today.:D Zip 93230

04-09-2011, 01:23 PM
El Dorado school in Stockton, CA 95206 4-7-11.
Got a call from a teacher at the school and as i was asking questions he asked "how much will this cost?" I told him I was not going to charge anything. He was like great! Then he ran in to red tape, principle concerned about different things such as "what if this guy gets injuried while on grounds" Of which he called the Superintendent's office. I also called the Super's office to try and speed up the process since I was on a deadline to go to my regualr job. When the Super called me back, he told me "the bees flew off already, but he wanted to hang on to my card for when more arrive, they get them every year and have been looking for a keeper for years. Told him no prob, call me anytime.
Well, I got a call from the teacher yesterday telling me that they (the school) sprayed them, they were all dead when he went out before before lunch that same day. He is going to try and get the news paper involved and wanted to know if he could give the paper my number if they pick up the article.

04-09-2011, 03:33 PM
Watched one of my double decker nucs swarm today. After flying around a while they all returned to the hive.
Found the queen on the ground in front of the nuc, with a small cluster.

Stephen Stryd
04-17-2011, 08:24 PM
One swarm yesterday, 4/16 and one today 4/17, each one weighing about 4 lbs. Each in new homes out in the pasture. Weather has been upper 70's and sunny. 93230

04-21-2011, 12:31 PM
4/14 Acampo 95220
4/15 School in Stockton 95205
4/16 Honda dealership in Lodi 95240

Missed calls thanks to work and overtime:

4/15 Extraction needed out of a pillar in Modesto
4/15 Extraction out of a wall in Tracy
4/15 Extraction out of a wall in Stockton
4/15 Swarm in an orchard in Lodi (picked up and moved on)
4/16 Swarm 6 miles East of Lodi (got call while at work, no answer when I called back)

I'm sure the swarm is gone, but the extraction are still there, since I'm working the OT, anyone interested in going after any of these extractions, drop me a line, I'm not going to have time to do these until July.


Stephen Stryd
04-22-2011, 10:21 PM
Another call yesterday, 4/20. 6 to 7 lbs about eight feet in a tree. Very easy catch. Weather was warm, mid 70's. 93230
Bees have new home out in pasture.

04-23-2011, 01:03 PM
Got another call on Thursday as I was leaving for work for a swarm in a Bush in Lodi, they had been there 3 or 4 days already. I went down yesterday morning with the famliy, GOOD size swarm. My son geared up in his suit so he could help me out, he looked like an astronaut. He got to capture his first swarm at 6 years old and he had a blast doing it, wants to know when we are going out again? My daughter was there and took some great pics without gear, which was amazing since she said she'd never go on a swarm call again. My wife said I had a lot of bees on top of my head, since that one mean swarm where I got hit 20 times, I had my jacket and veil on. When I walked over to the car's mirror I had the entire dome of my head covered with bees. I shook them all off in front of the hive and watched them march into the hive.


04-24-2011, 07:24 PM
One of my hive swarmed today - 4/24. I live in Palo Alto California.

04-26-2011, 08:41 AM
Acampo, Ca 95220 (again)
I got there about 11 pm, the branch was about 5 1/2 ft off the ground. I walked up and cut the branch down and set it in a hive. With the cooler evening, I don't think I saw one bee fly. Probably about 5-6 lbs of bees.


04-28-2011, 10:18 PM
Zip code: 95453.

05-01-2011, 01:42 AM
Lodi, Ca 95240. Lady called about a swarm of bees in her tree. I loaded a hive, gear and 6 year old son. Imagine the joy of getting there and finding not one, but 2 large swarms in the tree. I clipped the branches down and handed them to my son to put the bees in the hive like he's seen me do many times before. He did a great job! I had to go home and get another hive to get the next swarm. Since I was heading to work for some overtime, I had to leave my son home. I took the second swarm down without gear, the people asked why I did the first one different? Told them cause my son wasn't there, he'll do it without gear if he sees me doing it that way. He sure is a chip off the ole block. Most dad's idea of quality time is playing football, baseball or something like that, we do bees.:rolleyes:

05-03-2011, 02:32 AM
Stockton, Ca 95219. Swarm moved into a couch on the back porch that was suppose to be this weekends garage sale item. Got the couch & $40. Kind of cool to hear them inside the bottom after removing the cushions.
The wife started decorating the kithcen with bees stuff ever since I got started doing this. I now have a couch and a whole wine barrel that I could probably use as a table. Anyone got a chair and a tv with bees in them? Wait til she gets a load of MY IDEA of redecorating with bees. Babe, you do the kitchen, I got the living room covered!


05-04-2011, 10:08 AM
Caught a swarm in South San Francisco CA on 04/30/2011 around 1:00pm. The swarm came out of a hive in a wall on the same property.


05-04-2011, 02:59 PM
Had swarm go into a stucco pillar about 10 feet up at my house late March. I didn't notice them til 3/27. zip 92029. I started a trap out going on April 16 and it seems to be working. I'm a new beek and am actually waiting to pick up my first nuc on May 14.

05-05-2011, 12:42 PM
About the 10th one in my yard this year.

05-25-2011, 12:56 PM
My biggest hive just swarmed. It landed about 6-7 feet high on a tree in my yard. I am so glad they didn't venture past my property line!

06-04-2011, 11:57 PM
What's nicer than getting a BBQ that you've wanted for like 4 years? Watching a swarm come in from out of town and landing in your tree while building it! must have smelled my bee yard on the side of the house. I was happy to give them a nice home before the storm came in last night.
6-3-10 Galt, Ca.
I also picked up one on Wednesday night in Acampo, Ca.

06-06-2011, 09:52 PM
Livermore, CA, 94550, June 6th, 6:00 PM, sunny/breezy, call from concerned resident of a swarm in her rose bush 3' off the ground, nuc n' shook!! My first ever swarm capture!

06-07-2011, 06:06 PM
Took the day off to help with a BBQ at my daughters school, was rewarded with a happy daughter followed by 2 swarm calls.
Lodi, CA 95240
Stockton, CA 95214

06-07-2011, 07:52 PM
Thankfully I had extra equipment on board, the Stockton one turned out to be 2 swarms. So today was a GREAT day!:cool:


06-18-2011, 11:38 PM
Swarm from one of my hives yesterday AM. I knew it was coming as I had inspected my hives a week ago and saw the swarm cells. I did 3 splits and still couldn't find my queen. So it popped yesterday. Today I was awoken by another swarm call.
Galt, Ca 95633 x 2


06-25-2011, 11:49 AM
One of our colonies swarmed 20 June 2011. They started setting up shop in our worm compost box which scared the heck out of me when I opened up the normally silent abode of the worms.

Rex Piscator
07-17-2011, 08:37 PM
Today; July 17,2011. One of the 2 hives in my backyard apiary swarmed and landed downhill about 150' on a rose bush sitting on the fence line twix my neighbor and the one further down. I cut back the roses and placed an 8 frame medium box with frames, SBB, and a plywood lid all taped together right under the 3' tall x 1' wide cluster. I gave the fence one good jerk and a large clump fell onto the landing board and scuttled in. I kept snapping the rose bush to drop loads of lingering bees onto the landing board, where they filed in and onto the front of the makeshift hive.

Monitoring the acceptance process hour by hour, I noticed the march inside the new home stalled....was the queen still in the small cluster at the root of the rose bush? No, the swarm had run out of room in the 8 frame medium! I ran back to my workshop, grabbed one of my last supers and 8 more frames and ran back to the 'cutout'. After removing the makeshift lid with no ventilation holes, the lack of room was confirmed. Every single of the 8 frames was covered with bees feverishly working on building comb, even started on my makeshift lid! I slid an empty super on carefully and after quickly securing this level with gaffer's tape, noticed the bees were working their way up the walls of this super! Must have been close to 10 pounds of bees in this cluster!

I'm about to go back to see how they finish off their entrance so I can seal it up and move this hive to my apiary next store. It was a truly amazing experience and it's not over yet!

UPDATE: I waited until sundown and the last few hundred bees congregating on the landing board we 'encouraged' with the reducer to enter the hive proper. I formed a nice #8 mesh to cover the front to keep them inside and picked up the taped together 2 medium supers with a screened bottom board and put it in a wheelbarrow. A short push uphill to my neighbor's paved driveway and we were on our way to my backyard apiary.... Placed the new 2 story hive on a stand by the hive they swarmed from and am calling it a night! Nearly 12 hours later of nerve wracking but exciting bee work....:)

07-30-2011, 03:40 PM
A swarm just came and landed in my tree, a bit too high for my ladder, so now I'm just sitting in a lawn chair with a beer and 2 baited hives below them, waiting and watching. One is a nuc with undrawn frames and LGO, the other is a 10 framer with 4 frames of honey & 6 frames of foundation and LGO, waiting to see if the pick one. Anyone have a 40 ft ladder? (grin)
Galt, ca 95632

07-30-2011, 08:19 PM
After waiting about 4 hours with baited hives I backed the truck up to the tree and put the ladder in the back of the truck. I was able to get up close to the bees. Once I was a little close, I started to hear that familliar boiling noise that told me they were getting ready to jump. I scrambled down the ladder and the bees just kind of stayed in the street swirling. I wasn't sure if they were going to make a run for it or go to one of the baited hives. I opted to grab another nuc, throw some more frames in it with LGO and go to them. Since they were swirling around the cop car across the street, I set the nuc up on top. With in minutes, the bees were landing on the roof of the car and the nuc. I even got some great pics of the queen. I was hoping to see her go inside, but most of the bees climbed the the hive on the side and went to the top of the hive body under the make shift lid I threw on. I threw a frame of brood in the hive and left the lid propped up so that they could go in thru the top. Inspected a couple of hours later and the queen is in there...that's a wrap!


08-18-2011, 02:53 PM
I caught a small to medium swarm in San Mateo CA last week 12th of August.
So far the swarm is doing well but I think I will combine with another hive.
I don't think so that they are able to make through winter.
I will decide that in September or latest in October.

09-12-2011, 08:44 AM
Sunday 9-11-11 Ione, Ca 95640 at approx 8 pm.

Was at work and one of my many bosses calls me and tells me that there is a swarm behind one of the buildings on the ground. Cardboard box in hand, I went out and set it up for them. Thanks to the weather for providing a little bit of light rain here and there, I went back at 10 pm and they were in the box. Closed them up and was on my way.
In the face of recent events with the city about bees, probably not a great idea to have a cardboard box full sitting on my driveway, so I will be moving those out to the country right after I take the kids to school in about 15 mins.


Stephen Stryd
02-12-2012, 06:42 PM
Large swarm today in Central California. Temp was 58 and sunny. This was the easiest swarm ever caught. It was on a small fence, brushed the major mass into box, sealed it and the rest came marching in. 20 minutes in and out. 93230

02-14-2012, 11:13 AM
A member from our bee guild who's located in Pacifica had a swarm on Feb 1st. The weather has been pretty mild in coastal california and Pacifica is one of those areas where the winter isn't really much colder than the summer.

03-04-2012, 04:44 PM
Caught my first swarm of the season today.
94519 3-4-12

03-09-2012, 08:47 AM
A friend just got a small swarm in Concord. 94519

03-09-2012, 03:40 PM
Saw one in flight today. Set a trap out on the property where it clustered.

03-09-2012, 04:18 PM
Friends caught one in Petaluma yesterday, another one in Sonoma today...

Pink Cow
03-14-2012, 12:02 PM
Picked one up 3/11/12 in San Ramon, CA - 94583
Gathered in shrub about 3pm according to homeowner. Medium size with some drones present.

03-18-2012, 02:57 PM
Just got a swarm call from Walnut Creek

03-26-2012, 05:17 PM
First swarm capture this year for me! About a 3-4# swarm on a fence about 3 feet off the ground. Overcast, temp about 65, 2 PM PST
Livermore, CA, 94550

03-28-2012, 10:28 PM
Caught about a 4# swarm off a fence post today by my apiary. Weather was on/off rain and cloudy. I noticed the swarm at 4:30 PM. About 61 degrees, light wind. Livermore, CA, 94550

03-31-2012, 03:01 PM
Swarm moved into a freshly abandoned hive (lost that colony just this last month, don't know what happened - they left 1.5 mediums full of honey/pollen) yesterday, 3/30/2012. Partly cloudy, mid / upper 60s. Zip 95630 - Folsom, CA.

04-01-2012, 03:42 PM
And another swarm caught today. Sunny, low 60s in Folsom, CA. Smallish - size of a cantaloupe. On a 1/2 inch tree branch about 4 feet off the ground.

Now I have to find a hive to put them in!

04-02-2012, 06:47 PM
Caught another one today.

04-08-2012, 03:28 PM
4/8/12 - Los Angeles, California. Bees have been swarming since FEBRUARY on our swarm calls out here. However, my big mamma jamma hive that was rockin' so hard - swarmed. :( Found out for sure today, think actual swarm was between 3/25/12-3/31/12. ZIP 90068 At least 4 open queen cells inside.
Haven't been able to check because apparently someone scheduled rain for only the days when I check my bees. Ah well, such is life. Off I go to catch a swarm from the call board to add to my poor tiny hive.

Me Beeing Me
04-08-2012, 03:46 PM
Caught my first swarm today - 4/7/12
Roseville CA 95661

Used LGO in a bait hive that also had some leftover honey and pollen. No idea on the weight.
looked like enough bees to fill both deeps I used.

04-09-2012, 07:25 AM
While checking my city bees I noticed a large decline in the hive but I happened to look about 12' up in a pepper tree and seen the swarm hanging there, about a 6-7# swarm, along with about a softball sized swarm 5' off the ground. I grabbed the small swarm and put it back into the hive (what happens, happens) and shook the large swarm onto a sheet on the ground and they crawled into the hive. I had to keep shaking the branch to get more bees down, and ended up leaving about 1-2# worth in the tree.

Swarm: 9:45 AM, temp-65, light wind, Livermore CA, 94550

04-10-2012, 06:54 AM
4/9/12 - Received four swarm calls but couldnt get them due to work.

Stockton, CA - A swarm in a tree about 10' up, caller said about the size of a basketball and a half!
Stockton, CA - A swarm in a peach tree about 7' up, little smaller than a volleyball.
Stockton, CA - A swarm in a tree by a pre-school, about 10-12' up, close to size of basketball.
Manteca, CA- A swarm on a bush about 4' up, size of a basketball.

All between about 10 AM and 3:30 PM.

04-10-2012, 10:04 AM
Received a call in Berkeley CA for a swarm a little smaller than a soccer ball, low on a bush. warm still day.
Really gentle.
Here is a video.

04-17-2012, 07:14 AM
Four swarm calls yesterday here in CA!
1. Stockton, CA - a basketball sized swarm in a backyard hanging from a tree.
2. Manteca, CA - a basketball sized swarm clustering on some pallets in a hay trucking yard. (Caller called back and said it had left at 6:30 PM)
3. Lathrop, CA - A very large swarm that I had to use two deeps to contain! (7' up in a Japanese Plum tree)
4. Antioch, CA - A decent soccerball sized swarm on a large chunk of concrete in a debris pile.
5. A guy called about a cut out of a swarm taking up residence in his wall, im not going to take this on as I have all the swarms I need!!

Weather was about 70+ degrees, very light wind. Most call were between 10:30 AM and 3 PM.
I only retrieved one swarm as my job and kids baseball game are higher priorities!

04-19-2012, 08:53 PM

Was that Stockton swarm on Grouse Run Dr in Stockton?

If it was how much did it weigh?

04-20-2012, 11:28 PM
Basketball swarm near Airport, Redding CA 96002? 83 degrees about 12:30 PM. Was about eye level in a manzanita, easy catch. Threw in a frame of brood to entice them to stay in the box.

04-23-2012, 09:49 AM
Big swarm yesterday in Folsom, CA. Warm - 91 farenheight. Swarm was 6' up on a branch in a park.

05-05-2012, 10:55 PM
5/3/12 Stockton, CA - Picked up about a 6# swarm about 4' high in a bush, easy in, easy out. Called at about 11 AM. Partly cloudy, no wind.

5/5/12 Pleasanton, CA - Person called about a swarm in his tree but I couldnt make it to pick it up. Called at 2:30 PM. Sunny, warm, windy.

05-23-2012, 09:24 PM
5/23/12 - About a 4-5# swarm in a pine tree 25' up. Noticed at 12:00 PM and temp was about 75 degrees. Livermore, CA, 94550

Rex Piscator
06-03-2012, 06:45 PM
6/2/12 5:45pm swarm from hive in apiary clustered on my apricot tree about 12' up. This morning after working a 20 hr shift the night before, I climbed up on a ladder and cut them down and shook them into 2 8-Frame medium boxes. This was the 'real deal' as opposed to the 'rehearsal' cluster the other day[same tree]. They left later on 6/2 than they did on 6/1 and remained there until this morning when I sprang into action. I checked them when I got home at 3+am; I had received a call from my wife while working that a swarm event was occuring..... She's my 'bee mentor'/watcher!!

Rex Piscator
06-12-2012, 04:31 PM
6/10/12 Swarm#2 in same apricot tree as Swarm#1 on 6/1/12[few posts up], hived quickly once spotted when we got back from lunch.

6/11/12 Swarm#3 again in apricot tree, waited until evening to hive this colony. I'd run out of frames, so had to run up to Mann Lake in Woodland, CA from some prefabbed supers, painted with frames. Did the run in just over 2 hrs. and had the cluster in the new boxes by 7pm.

I'm concerned about Swarm#1... See this post ( for further details.

06-12-2012, 06:47 PM
6/11/12 - Got a call from a home owner about a rather large swarm that had moved into their hot tub. Went over to inspect and found about half the swarm on the outside and the rest of them inside the pump compartment. The owners said she got to watch the swarm land on the side of the tub and she promptly snapped a picture and showed me, its about a 7 pounder atleast! Will be removing them in about 40 minutes.

This year has been crazy for swarms!! I have two other established colonies to remove on Friday, one is in an irrigation box and the other is in a tractor tire, if everything goes right they should be just right to replace my laying worker hives I dumped out last week!! Will also be moving the hives this weekend to another yard in prep for star thistle!! Seen some plants starting to head out already!

07-13-2012, 07:06 PM
7/11- Caught a small grapefruit sized swarm in my bee yard that is from my second year hive, marked queen and all!! I put them in a hive and added a couple drawn frames and a frame of brood from another colony and a frame of honey/pollen. See what happens!

Livermore, CA, 94550

08-01-2012, 08:50 PM
Caught a volleyball sized swarm today in Livermore, CA. The swarm was actually seen on a cyclone fence gate near our job site yesterday and I figured they would be gone, but they were there again today so I decided to give them a home since I knew they wouldnt last long trying to build comb next to a side walk!! Its amazing how many people walked within three feet of it and it was about 5' off the ground and they never even seen it, including a co-worker who unloaded a piece of equipment right next to it and didnt see it either!!LOL Anyhow, they are a VERY light bee resembling sunkists and very mellow. Oh ya, spotted the queen and when I returned with the queen catcher she had disappeared into the mass!!

09-09-2012, 02:52 PM
Lost a small swarm out of one of my hives last night September 8, 2012. West Point Ca 95255. 3000'

10-09-2012, 03:27 PM
Picked up a football sized swarm on a DC-3 at work (Long Beach, Ca) . Put them in a spare medium box with half a comb of honey and wished them luck. Sadly, I don't have a spare frame of brood to give them as my other hive seems mostly honey bound and slow to build fresh comb.

01-08-2013, 05:30 PM
Dobbins website address used to always be listed in the #1 post. It appears to have disappeared with the last revision.

02-11-2013, 09:32 PM
First swarm call tonight in SoCal.

Pink Cow
03-08-2013, 05:55 PM
03/08/13 - Danville, CA 94506

Nice size, probably four pounds, seven feet up in a redwood tree. First of the year for me.

03-17-2013, 01:20 PM
March 8, 2013, in Los Angeles, CA. It was big enough that I could hear them in the top of a big eucalyptus tree before I saw them. Probably from my hive too, unfortunately.

03-18-2013, 05:40 PM
3/17/2003 94519
Concord, CA

03-19-2013, 12:46 PM
3-2-13, 95231 (French Camp, CA) I got a call from CHP, they had a complete hive sitting on the side of the freeway, and officer moved it to the side of the freeway, but it was definately full of bees. I picked that up, the top and bottom boards were a complete loss. Just about every frame had damage to the top bars, so I am working those out of rotation. The hive body it's self will be repairable, and the bees themselves are doing great!

3-8-13, 95632 (Galt, CA) Swarm cap. Approx 4-5 lbs of bees covering the roof and drivers door of a truck. Some LGO, 10 frames, and a top board. Placed open bottom on top of them and watched move in the hive in a matter of 25 mins. I was able to recorded the whole thing on my phone's video recorder, even watched the queen move in, she was among the last to do so. Nice easy capture.

3-15-13 95258 (Woodbridge, CA) Swarm cap. Approx 7+ lbs of bees about 15ft feet up in the air in a pine tree and bridging the gap between 2 branches. Pain to take down due to height, but full hive of bees that seem to be doing well was worth it.

Happy hunting folks!


03-20-2013, 09:48 AM
3-19-13, 95632 (Galt, CA) My own backyard. I was getting ready for work and went to brush my teeth when I heard the familiar sound of lots of bees in the air. I looked out into my little bee yard to see a swarm swirling in my yard. Thought "shoot, one of my hives is swarming!" I walked out to my hives expecting to see them just pouring out of one of my hives. To my shock, they were moving into one of my empties instead. A most welcome sight to say the least since I didn't really have time to chase them down. So I went back inside and continued to get ready for work. I baited another hive and set it out before I left. I know that rain was in the forecast for today, but I would sure like to look in to the other hives to see if I missed something. That way I can try and see if it was even from my own hives.


03-20-2013, 09:52 AM
That is a self splitting hive!

03-20-2013, 01:06 PM
That is a self splitting hive!

Sun poked out for a little while here, so I took the opportunity to check the hive...found the queen, no brood or eggs. I inspected my other hives and they all had queens, larva and eggs, so it wasn't was a free-bee.


03-29-2013, 09:02 PM
First swarm call today, 3/29/13.........a Good Friday swarm!! It wasn't huge, probably a 3-4 pounder, but free bees non-the-less!! It was in Mountain House, CA..........near zip code 95377. It landed in an olive tree about 7' off the ground, had to do some major limb trimming to be able to get it out, snipped the branch it was on, set it in the swarm catching hive and they climbed all over the combs and began fanning. I left the hive on the ground for about 15 minutes while I shook a couple gloves full of bees off the branch where they originally were. I got them to the bee yard and put a frame of brood in to lock them down and will leave them alone for about a week before transferring them into a regular hive.

Swarm landed around 2 PM and it was a nice sunny 70+ degrees out.

04-02-2013, 05:07 PM
April 1, 2013, USDA zone 10b. Lost a large swarm.

04-04-2013, 09:02 AM
4-3-13 95640 (Lodi, Ca) gotta call for approx 4 lbs of bees in a tree that were "high enough that you could stand on the tail gate of your truck an reach them." Only if I drove Bigfoot! Thankfully they had a forklift and a platform to stand on. Easy grab after that.


04-05-2013, 12:44 PM
4-5-13 95632 (Galt) Another school grab. Maybe they heard the school was having a spelling bee? Perhaps it was the fact that this school's mascot is a bee and they are called the Stingers? Either way, it was nice that a cross town school still had my card from last year and gave them my phone number as it resulted in a solid 4 pounds of bees about 15 ft in the air, now safely hived outside of the city limits.


04-06-2013, 10:43 PM
90807 Long Beach California (SoCal)

Large swarm, about 18" long dangling from a branch at about 15'. First attempt with a cardboard box on a stick then transferring them to hive box failed. Came back, tried again and succeeded with a few less bees.

Learned a few things. These were by far and away the most unpleasant bees I've even experienced. If they don't calm down I'm sure to introduce them to some Dawn Dish soap. These girls were down right violent. I stupidly didn't put on pants for round 1, and got stung 5 times on my ankles. That sucks a lot now.

04-11-2013, 02:33 PM
4-11-13, 95632. Bugger I was getting ready for work and one of my hives decided to jump. Now they are 20' up in the tree in my front yard. Hope they're still there when I get home tonight. Baited hive set out in the bed of my truck.


04-12-2013, 01:53 AM
Well they were still there when I got home. Finally got them down at midnight, they are now sitting inside one of my swarm transporters. I'll put them in a hive tomorrow AM after they cool down, 3 stings, they weren't too happy with me.


04-12-2013, 11:18 PM
4-12-13, Manteca, CA = Swarm call from the place I was supposed to set traps this year but didn't find time to do it! They ended up in the block wall where a swarm went in last year, but that hive died out over winter. I couldn't get them as the queen was already inside. I ended up setting 3 traps in various areas around the property as this place is a swarm magnet!

04-20-2013, 02:53 PM
4/19/2013- Tracy, CA: Got called for a swarm about 1:00 PM. Showed up and the poor guy was having a garage sale when the 5# swarm decided to land in a close by pine tree about 7' up. I shook the swarm into a box, left it on the ground for about 15 minutes and kept shaking the branch as some bees gathered. After the 15 minutes I decided to call it as very few bees were gathering on the branch, probably foragers/scouts. Coaxed the rest of the bees into the entrance of the swarm catcher, tacked on a piece of hardware cloth and rolled out to the bee trailer and transferred the swarm into a double deep nuc with a frame of brood. They will need to draw out the other 9 foundationless frames on their own! Will transfer them into a 10 frame deep in a couple weeks or less.

04-20-2013, 06:59 PM
Had a nice one move in 4-10-13, makes it easy when they fly into used boxes.

04-21-2013, 11:59 PM
4-20-13, Galt, 95632 - captured with my son.
4-20-13, Galt, 95632 - had to pass because I had left town for an afternoon with my family.
4-20-13, Lodi, 95240 - had to pass (see previous reason)
4-20-13, Stockton, zip unknown - had to pass...
4-20-13, Lodi, 95240, extraction call, might follow up on this one.


04-25-2013, 12:37 AM
3-24-13, Lodi, 95240 I'd say almost 4#, 17 feet up. Guess it's off to the store for a new limb cutter since my dad has mine and I'll take them down in the AM.


04-26-2013, 11:53 AM
Saw one fly by on 4/22 while sitting in my car at a light, Woodland, CA.

05-02-2013, 05:08 PM
95695, small swarm today in some oleanders at work. I'd say maybe 3 frames of bees. 5/2/2013, in the box!

05-03-2013, 08:32 PM
Medium swarm today, set up yesterday in a co-workers front yard about 10 feet up. Collected it at 5:00pm today, left the box for them to settle, will move it in the morning.

05-08-2013, 09:14 PM
Sorry I have not been keeping up 1st time I have logged in since last fall.

False swarm, I pulled 2 splits and split 2 others that looked pretty full. August 27, 2013 West Point CA 95255.

05-10-2013, 03:51 PM
Called for a swarm in Livermore, CA at 4:30 PM on 5/8/13. Called a buddy up that lived about a mile away from the location and gave him the swarm call. He said it was a nice swarm about 2' off the ground on a branch, shake and bake and was out in 25 minutes.

Got another call of a swarm moving into a wall on 5/6/13, I declined as I dont do removals. That was Tracy, CA.

Got yet another call on 5/9/13 at 9 AM that a swarm moved into a cable box the day before in Tracy, CA. Will pick that one up either this evening or tomorrow morning.

06-13-2013, 04:24 PM
Wednesday, June 12, 10:00 AM - Called by a worker at the local park service in Livermore (94550) to a large swarm along a walking path. I checked it out and sure enough, about the size of a basketball and a half. Had the wife bring my gear and retrieved a swarm trap that didnt catch anything and headed out to the bees on lunch break. Shook the swarm into the box and set it on the ground in the shade, put the frames in and put the lid on it. I looked at the branch they used to be on and some bees started gathering back on it so I kept my eye out for the queen..........just then I hear an eruption and look at the box on the ground.........bees pouring out of it like water and flying back up to the branch........#$%^! I waited for most of them to gather and nothing left in the hive and shook them again..........same process over. I watched the box and bees that were flying were going down to it, so I left it thinking I got the queen. I went back to work and checked on it just before I got off and there it empty box and no swarm in sight!! Atleast I got them of the pathway I suppose!!

02-19-2014, 04:33 PM
First swarm call of the year and earliest in 4 years! About a 6 pound swarm 12' up in a tree. Sunny, no wind, temps in the 60's but had a shot of rain in the AM................ Parent hive is about 40' away in a large hollowed out tree.

Livermore, California.

03-18-2014, 08:38 PM
3/18/2014 - One of my colonies swarmed and I was lucky to be on hand to hive them. Big swarm, maybe 5-6 pounds of bees. Branch was knee high, about 20 yards away from hive body. 65 degrees at 10am. Shook them into 2 mediums, put the top on, and walked away. I'll be back in a few days to see if they're still there.

04-20-2014, 08:06 AM
Neighbors called with a swarm high in an oak tree yesterday. I put a trap out , scouts were checking it out. Hopefully they'll move in today. Happy Easter everyone!

04-20-2014, 03:57 PM
My ignored hive swarmed a week ago from Thursday.... put them in a box!

04-21-2014, 06:52 AM
April 19th here. Had a wild bunch move into an oak tree on my property that had had a colony living in it for the last 9 years, swarmed and didn't make it last year, and the neighbors had another wild swarm. I put out a trap at the neighbors as the swarm was high in an oak tree (too high to shake off). Hopefully they'll move in!

04-30-2014, 12:29 PM
4/28 swarm at the local apple ranch now caught and in the apiary

01-24-2015, 10:59 PM
Report of a football size swarm in Foster City, CA 94404 today. Sunny warm spring weather with lots of eucalyptus bloom.

03-14-2015, 08:36 PM
Foresthill California my hive swarmed twice March 14 at 1214 I caught them both 😊

04-26-2015, 04:20 PM
West Sacramento at a vacant house for sale on the fence. Small swarm, virgin queen

04-26-2015, 08:44 PM
My hive swarmed probably a week ago ~4/20/15. Checked today and found multiple swarm cells-- a few open and the rest capped-- and only capped brood (no eggs or larvae). Mill Valley, CA. 94941.

05-11-2015, 04:28 PM
Saturday, May 9, 2015, 2 PM- Livermore, CA..............Sunny, breezy.

A large swarm moved into a stack of my empty boxes sitting in my side yard. A very docile swarm and even seen the queen while condensing them all into one 10 frame deep, she still had a little bit of yellow marking left on her thorax, so possibly a 2012 queen?

06-10-2015, 08:49 AM
June 1, 2015

Small swarm moved into some equipment in the yard

Hogback Honey
06-11-2015, 03:30 PM
June 11th 1400 hours, NE Calif, zone 6-7, Sunny, warm, had a good monsoon and lightning 2 days prior to today.
Got a call about swarm on a post, swarm has been there 3 days, they need the bees moved so they can hay the field. They previously called 3 other people. When I returned their call they said someone was on scene now collecting the swarm. So it seems that FINALLY swarm season has arrived in my area.

06-20-2015, 09:44 AM
June 19th, squash plant, filled 5 over 5.

08-03-2015, 10:05 PM
Santa Rosa, Ca, tiny swarm (small grapefruit) captured 8/1/15, in my backyard! We'll see what happens! They're currently in a nuc.

02-09-2016, 10:44 AM
What is needed:

zip code, city or county
date when the bees swarmed or when you found the swarm.
comments - example: if the swarm came from your hive, or if you were called to pick up a swarm, how long was it there. This is not for cutouts unless the bees just took up residence and are not established. It would also be great to include a small photo of the swarm.

This forum is not for general discussion.

02-21-2016, 02:57 PM
Good sized swarm, maybe 4 lbs, hanging in my neighbors tree.


02-21-2016, 10:17 PM
Caught this one yesterday and another today in my traps. A bit south of you in Santa Barbara. They landed up in the branches of the tree first. (

02-29-2016, 09:28 PM
Another swarm 2-29-16

Maybe two pounds of bees 30 feet up in a tree.

Have not caught them...yet

03-09-2016, 03:35 PM
5 Swarms (from my hives) 3/6 through 3/9/16 Santa Barbara, California

03-09-2016, 08:18 PM
Two more swarms 3-9-2016.

Both hanging on trees in my yard.


03-17-2016, 11:46 AM
Swarm #5 for the year, hanging in a rosebush at the mall.


03-22-2016, 08:15 PM
94609 (North Oakland)
3/16 - 2
23442 23443
3/17 - 1
3/19 - 1

All from my hive. All may have been there 1 1/2 days before I saw them. I was able to recover 3.

03-22-2016, 08:16 PM
94611 (Montclair District, Oakland)
Unknown source. Reported to me by a friend who recovered it.

03-23-2016, 02:10 PM
San Mateo, CA

Nice sized swarm in a bush.


03-25-2016, 02:47 PM
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA (e.g. Los Angeles area), Zip 90274.
Swarm moved into my bait hive (!-(short-video)&p=1395140#post1395140).

No photo/video of the swarm before move-in. I'll update with a photo of them inside the box when I inspect next.

03-25-2016, 08:56 PM

Redwood Shores, CA

Swarm call, a hive in a wall had swarmed to a nearby tree 15 feet up.

Removal went pear shaped. I was planning to shake the swarm into a box. They missed the box, bees were crawling everywhere. Then I got lucky, Spotted the queen, managed to direct her into the box with a piece of branch. A long while later we got all the bees in the box.

03-27-2016, 10:19 AM
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA (e.g. Los Angeles area), Zip 90274.
Swarm moved into my bait hive (!-(short-video)&p=1395140#post1395140).

No photo/video of the swarm before move-in. I'll update with a photo of them inside the box when I inspect next.

Here's another one sizable one in Palos Verdes, on Easter (3/27/16):


I'm still trying to get ahold of the photo taker to see if they're in a catchable situation.

Edit: Yup! Catchable (!-(video)&p=1396265#post1396265)!

03-27-2016, 10:35 AM
3/26/16 , eldorado hills, 95762 which is 40 mins away and an elevation drop of 1700'

But it was the First call of the year :)

03-30-2016, 02:42 PM
San Carlos, CA

Left some nuc boxes sitting on my car this morning at work and a swarm moved in.


03-31-2016, 02:58 PM
Swarm left and came back - better photo this time


04-01-2016, 06:11 PM

Swarm #9 for the year

Hanging in a bush.

04-03-2016, 07:48 PM

Swarm number 10 for the year - same bush as Friday!


04-03-2016, 09:37 PM
Guess I should have picked up this 3/18 bait swam sooner. This is the pic today. (

04-05-2016, 06:55 AM
Nice bee beard!

Guess I should have picked up this 3/18 bait swam sooner. This is the pic today. (

04-05-2016, 06:56 AM

San Carlos, CA

Tiny swarm moved into bait box

04-05-2016, 07:18 AM
Palos Verdes, CA 90274 or 90275:


Swarm moved in through a sewer plate.:rolleyes: They may regret their decision soon.

04-06-2016, 10:26 AM
Swarm #12

San Mateo, CA


Moved into a bait box (no pic)

Swarm # 13

San Mateo, CA


Bees on a bush, used the beevac for the first time - best investment ever!


04-08-2016, 08:18 PM

Sacramento, CA 95831, Small softball sized swarm, virgin queen, in the box!

04-08-2016, 08:43 PM
23848 Out of my normal area but couldnt pass it up. hour and 10 minute drive. But worth it. Over 10# and maybe just under 15#

Woodland, Ca. 95695 4/8/16

Dang TanksBees your on it this year!

04-09-2016, 07:21 PM
23848 Out of my normal area but couldnt pass it up. hour and 10 minute drive. But worth it. Over 10# and maybe just under 15#

Woodland, Ca. 95695 4/8/16

Dang TanksBees your on it this year!

Holy smokes, that is a HUGE one! I'm thinking my little 5 frame NUC box is not sufficient for catching swarms.:scratch:

04-10-2016, 07:14 PM
23848 Out of my normal area but couldnt pass it up. hour and 10 minute drive. But worth it. Over 10# and maybe just under 15#

Woodland, Ca. 95695 4/8/16

Dang TanksBees your on it this year!

I think you caught more bees in one catch than I did in 13 swarms!

I anticipate more swarms after this rain ends. During the breaks in the rain yesterday, one of my bait hives had scouts and fighting, today their were 40 or 50 dead bees on the ground in front. Must be two competing swarms I suppose?

04-20-2016, 12:54 PM

Redondo Beach, CA 90277:


I drove over with a catch box, but they'd flown away before I got there :-(

Chuck Jachens
05-09-2016, 11:03 PM

Rescue Ca 95672

Swarm came from my own hive. Captured and hived swarm

05-12-2016, 06:07 AM
Four more swarms in the past few weeks


06-04-2016, 11:57 AM
Colfax, CA

Swarm issued from my hive this morning. I'm trying to catch it now with a baited nuc box.

Off to the supply store for more equipment, then a full hive check on both hives to see how many queen cells are in them.

03-20-2017, 08:34 AM
San Mateo, CA

4 swarms on 3/19/2017


Charlie B
03-20-2017, 10:35 AM

03-21-2017, 03:58 PM
Were those off your hives Tank? I recieved my first swarm call this season last week for Plumas lake, was abit too far out for me to take time off work though :waiting:

03-21-2017, 04:25 PM

Jealous much?

After all the bragging about your February 2016 swarm catch, you were doomed to lose your Master Baiter title for 2017.

03-21-2017, 04:29 PM
Were those off your hives Tank? I recieved my first swarm call this season last week for Plumas lake, was abit too far out for me to take time off work though :waiting:

At least one swarm was definitely from my hive, because the queen couldn't fly. The others i'm not 100% sure. Last week a swarm was hanging out a few hundred feet away up in a tall eucalyptus tree, they disappeared, then I got all these catches at once.

Charlie B
03-21-2017, 05:11 PM
At least one swarm was definitely from my hive, because the queen couldn't fly. The others i'm not 100% sure. Last week a swarm was hanging out a few hundred feet away up in a tall eucalyptus tree, they disappeared, then I got all these catches at once.


Charlie B
03-22-2017, 09:04 PM
Tank confessed to me today that he actually wound up with only two swarms so, there's that.:D

03-22-2017, 09:13 PM
Tank confessed to me today that he actually wound up with only two swarms so, there's that.:D

Charlie confessed to me that all of his San Francisco Queens are actually drones :eek:

03-22-2017, 10:19 PM
I caught a swarm from my neighbors hive two weeks ago. Had to give it back.

Cheers, Phil in Fremont

Charlie B
03-22-2017, 10:24 PM

I've caught Odfrank's and Tankbees' swarms and I never gave them back!:lpf:

03-30-2017, 05:50 PM
Saw one swarm on 3/28 and one on 3/29

04-07-2017, 06:06 PM
Trapped a swarm yesterday (4/7/17):

Size unknown for a few more days.

04-15-2017, 06:39 PM
Oakland, CA 94609
3/22, 3/29/, 4/5 - all swarmed from my hive
4/5 - Swarm caught in a Bait Hive I placed in Montclair

Rex Piscator
04-21-2017, 04:37 PM
April 14-21
El Sobrante, CA 94803
Swarm in baited trap in the backyard. Bait used was previous swarm trap foundationless comb from previous swarm colony.
First use of Swarm Commander, much cheaper than a box of bees from a supplier.
Never used the lure before, trap produced every time I set it out before now. Much easier to apply than Lemongrass Oil, smelled exactly the same.

04-28-2017, 12:45 PM
One swarm in Torrance (90505) that I failed to collect on 4/22 (they didn't stay in the box), but they'd been there long enough to build a few spades of comb under the eaves:


And then a swarm that moved into my trap (90274) on or about yesterday (4/27):

Rex Piscator
04-30-2017, 01:11 PM
Second swarm a week later in a dead out from 2016. Guess I was lucky I hadn't cleaned it for the first swarm in the trap.

05-04-2017, 12:09 AM
Something strange and wonderful is happening here at our ranch. We are averaging nearly a swarm a day caught. I am trying to figure out if these are feral bees or if a commercial beekeeper recently placed a bunch of hives nearby. Can anyone tell me how I can find out where these bees are coming from?

Our euc trees just started blooming this week...


Charlie B
05-04-2017, 11:07 AM

After catching so many of Mark's swarms, I've become bored. I'm bringing swarm traps to Sacramento!

05-04-2017, 11:42 AM

After catching so many of Mark's swarms, I've become bored. I'm bringing swarm traps to Sacramento!


After sharing your ant proof beehive stand plans, you can bring as many swarm traps as you like! Hopefully you can catch even more of Mark's swarms Charlie.

Quick question for you bee pro's: Do ya simply put the hives in a bee box with empty frames, or do you add some foundation, eggs, larvae, etc.?

My uneducated guess is: it depends upon the condition of the swarm?

Charlie B
05-04-2017, 11:58 AM
It's important to use drawn comb and if you can spare it, put in a frame of brood. Also, one thing I've recently learned from Ollie is to initially feed a swarm. They seem to do better starting off.

We just had a beginning Beekeeper catch a swarm and he just used plastic foundation to hive them, no drawn frames. The swarm immediately absconded.

05-04-2017, 03:13 PM
It's important to use drawn comb and if you can spare it, put in a frame of brood. Also, one thing I've recently learned from Ollie is to initially feed a swarm. They seem to do better starting off.

We just had a beginning Beekeeper catch a swarm and he just used plastic foundation to hive them, no drawn frames. The swarm immediately absconded.

I've put at least 20 swarms on undrawn wood frames/plastic foundation or even all-plastic frames and they have never absconded


05-04-2017, 05:00 PM
Dang, who do I believe? One question, two different answers...Alad Ladd would have loved this opportunity...

Well, I have been placing 2-4 frames of old comb in most swarms that we caught, and none have absconded. It sure would be nice to simply dump the swarm into a new box, leave em', and come back a month later to see lots of eggs, larvae, and a thriving hive.

I have not placed any brood in the swarms after moving them, but I suppose I could easily do this due to the incredible flow we have had and still are having...for the first time ever, I am seeing frame after frame after frame of nearly 100% sealed brood. Not sure why, but usually we see a pattern of brood, honey, and pollen....this year it sure is different...

Ok, time to play the game show called, "To tell the truth."

Will the real beekeeper with the correct answer, please stand up?

05-04-2017, 05:56 PM
Well Soars, It seems to me that you have two perfectly good solutions in search of a problem. ;)


05-06-2017, 07:22 PM
Caught another swarm today. I think this is 5 swarms in 6 days. As mentioned before, never seen anything like this before.

Went to work, and a massive swarm high up in an oak tree too.

What is going on?

05-13-2017, 03:13 PM
Trapped one medium swarm on or about 5/6/17, and then collected a small swarm from a tree last night on 5/12/17. This morning I cut a tiny colony out of a birdhouse. The homeowner said they'd been there "about a month," and I removed 2 deep frames' worth of biscuit-colored capped brood, so if that was a virgin after swarm when it moved into the birdhouse, then that sounds about right. So we'll call it 4/13/17.

05-15-2017, 05:20 PM
Same tree, same trap, new swarm.

I think this is swarm #12. I am convinced someone nearby is not managing their beehives well...

We are averaging one swarm capture per day. More than doubled our beehive numbers in two short weeks.

I ran out of bee boxes last week, so removed all swarm traps. Finished building the new hive boxes this weekend, so put up a some traps again. Same story...within minutes, scouts. Within hours, more bees. Within 24 hours a lot of bees. Then comes the dark cloud...

Had a friend come over and place traps in the back forest to see if we get hits there too.

I am seeing the most success with traps placed where there is morning sun with heavy afternoon shade...and...believe it or not, entrance hole facing east.



Charlie B
05-15-2017, 08:22 PM
Some pollinator must have dropped a bunch of hives nearby. I'm glad you're benefiting from it!

05-15-2017, 08:57 PM
Some pollinator must have dropped a bunch of hives nearby. I'm glad you're benefiting from it!


I been thinking of you all day long...because it is time for me to build a bunch more of those ant proof hive stands...:D Charlie, thanks again for sharing your ideas for that stand. They are still working perfect and now I will build 5 more. I am considering building them 12 ft. long now. What are you thoughts on this?

Regarding the wife and I drove around yesterday in an attempt to discover where they are coming from. Less than a mile away in the west, someone placed approx. 30 hives, but they have not been touched since last fall [A winter storm knocked some over and nobody ever set them upright again].

Then we found about 50 hives just south of us about a mile and a half. They too appear to be unattended.

But a local told me someone has over 1,000 nearby that is not visible from the road...and they are from the almond orchards...but for some reason, not moved to ND.

Charlie, I am beginning to feel a little this rate, our bee yard here will have tripled within just a few short weeks. We have more than doubled right now. Wow, at what point is this considered taking advantage of another person? I know I am not stealing boxes of bees, but every trap I set out on the west side of our property now receives a swarm within a couple of days...

Can I look at this as profiteering from a beek that is not managing his/her hives? My dad always taught me no such thing as finders keepers...

Just some thoughts running through my head...

It is 8:00 pm. Time to move two swarms into bee boxes...