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05-17-2007, 06:14 PM
Good ole' New Milford, CT. today (5-17). Came home to find they had taken up house in a music amp I was ready to throw out, Oh the joy!!!!

06-01-2007, 08:27 PM
Large swarm from hive. 5-29 06751

06-22-2007, 01:34 PM
my bees swarmed today: June 22 Willington Ct. Weather was mid 70's sunny with passing showers.

05-23-2008, 10:21 AM
2nd year hive swarmed on 5/21. Westport, ct 06880

Jas0n Bresson
06-08-2008, 04:25 PM
Away in boston for the weekend only to come back to my neighbor telling me there was a tornado of bees in his back yard. He said they headed to the woods. I looked with no luck. So much for my 5 swarm traps. O well at least the sox won. 95 degrees and humid here.

Jas0n Bresson
06-17-2008, 07:25 PM
Well we sent the nieghbors running again. 6/14 This time I was able to catch them:)

05-09-2009, 08:22 PM
Location: Durham, CT 06422

First swarm 05-08-2009 13:00 Carnolians - from year old hive
Second swarm 05-09-2009 14:00 Carnolians - from year old hive

Weather mid 50's night before w/light rain
mid 70's day partly cloudy, high humidity.

05-11-2009, 05:40 PM
Came home from work today and found 2 swarms 15' up above my hives in the mulberry tree. Both about softball size, I cut them down and hived them in my extra equipment. What a rush, my first swarms.:thumbsup::applause:
06825 Fairfield Connecticut. time unknown 5-11-09

05-13-2009, 04:46 PM
After swarm, 12:00pm noon 5/13/09, Fairfield Ct, 06825
Came home to another swarm in the same spot as the others in the mullberry tree. All I had to put them in is a cardboard nuc box with 5 frames. 1 plasticell frame and 4 with starter strips. Its all I had. Now I have Zero Equipment for anymore swarms. And I have an extra cardboard nuc full of bees. My swarm splits I did about a month ago are all doing well and Queens laying.:D

05-22-2009, 03:33 PM
5-22-09 11:00am
Sat in the back at the right time because I got to see them pour out of the hive, circle the treetops for 10 minutes and settle about 50 feet up in the neighbors tree next door. Apparently they stayed there for a while then went back into the hive.:scratch:

06-28-2009, 10:14 AM
12:00 NOON I just watched 1 of my hives swarm. Their 20 feet up in my next door neighbors tree. I don't think I can reach em. any one want northern survivor stock?

08-20-2009, 09:59 AM
10:00am watched them swarm into a tree 30 feet up behind my size swarm, huge:eek:

01-11-2010, 06:41 AM
Southeastern Connecticut. 5/28 Had my first swarm leave, a week later a second swarm from the same hive.

05-02-2010, 06:30 AM
Second year beek - first swarm event May 1, 2010. I was at work and my wife noticed there was something strange happening with one of our three hives. She called to tell me that the bees were clustering on the front face of the hive and flying around the apiary in an unusual manner. She went to grab her camera to snap a digital to e-mail to me, and by the time she returned, the cluster of bees had disappeared. She was shocked, but related that she could hear them. She traced the sound of their buzzing to the a nearby pine tree. She could notice them clustering on a pine branch near the top of the tree.

When I returned home from work at 4:30 PM, I was able to climb the tree and reclaim my first swarm. I shook them into a five gallon bucket that I had tied to the end of an 8 foot pole. Then the fun task of descending the tree with the buzzing bees, and manipulating the heavy pole/bucket combination through the dense pine branches began. I accomplished this task without any protection and only received one sting. My 13 year old son was at the base of the tree and assisted with landing the heavy bucket in an upright position. My son remarked at how heavy and hot the bucket of bees was.

We poured the bees into a nuc box I threw to together to buy me some time to get another hive put together. All the bees stayed in the Nuc, so it looks as if our first recapture event was a success.

05-05-2010, 06:21 AM
May 4. Second swarm from another hive. First swarm was May 1.
Both swarms assembled on the same pine tree, and both were captured.

Danbury, CT.

05-07-2010, 05:26 AM
May 5th. Third swarm from the third hive.
That is three from swarms from all three of my hives. I was able to recapture all three swarms and create two additional hives from the collection.

Danbury, CT.

05-14-2011, 04:43 PM
I'm in the middle of Connecticut and found a swarm in my yard today... most likely from my own hive. It was overcast and in the sixties today. They where up on a branch on our semi-dwarf apple tree about six feet up. (
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04-22-2012, 08:19 PM
Caught a small swarm from one of my hives on 4/20/2012 in a White Birch tree about 20 feet high around 5:00pm.

04-30-2012, 06:20 PM
Hived a swarm from my apiary around 4:00 PM 4/30/2012. I was working in the garden and heard a lot of buzzing and just thought it was the bee taking orientation flights. Took a walk to check on them and found a swarm on a bush touching the ground. Easy capture.

05-15-2012, 05:57 AM
Centrel CT.5/14/12 nice and sunny tep.65 or so small swarm landed in cement block19321933

05-18-2013, 02:25 PM
My hive swarm friday the 16 2013 it was 80 deg. Came out and landed in a tree next to the hive right around 4 pounds of bees. It is real early for our bees to swarm here in oakdale conn 06370 a couple weeks early it was a real easy swarm to hive

05-30-2013, 07:37 AM
5/28/2013 oakdale conn.hived one swarm on mon.about 3 pounds and a very small swarm1.5 pounds came to a baited hive and landed next to it wed.

06-09-2013, 07:42 PM
Big swarm 6 pounds on june 9 2013 oakdale conn. Mested with them for two days but got them !!!!!!

06-13-2013, 10:49 AM
June 11th
Kensington, Ct.
Medium sized swarm
First one !!!

06-20-2013, 10:35 AM
June 19...Sunny 80 after two days of rain
June 20.....argh

05-22-2014, 01:18 PM
5/17 - Norwalk CT 06853 Italians, 2nd year hive. Swarmed to nearby branch which I retrieved and placed into new Medium box with 10 foundation frames.

05-30-2014, 07:16 AM
Basketball size swarm in Plainville, Ct. Scooped them up yesterday after I got the call. Home owner said they had been there for a day or 2. Probably swarmed on Tuesday, was really warm that day.
Got them boxed with a frame of donated brood.

06-09-2014, 07:51 PM
June 7th Swarm in Terryville, Ct. They flew away before I could get there.

06-27-2014, 08:41 AM
6/26 06853

Italians. Swarm of a Swarm. 1 month old hive. These bees are the offspring of a hive that swarmed one month ago. Original hive swarmed THREE freagin times. Now these bees swarmed.

05-19-2015, 02:01 PM
06037 5/19 Swarm 25' up in a tree, unable to capture due to height and location

06-02-2015, 12:37 PM


06-16-2015, 05:23 AM
Southington, Ct. 6/6/2015
Forgot to post this last week but I had a beautiful swarm fly right into my yard and took up residence in a 2 deep empty hive. Very large swarm and very gentle bees. Not from any of my hives.

02-09-2016, 10:45 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.

05-02-2016, 12:01 PM
06804 Brookfield CT
Swarm on 4/30/2016
Saw them swam, watched to where they congregated to. 15 yards from my other hives, 3 feet off the ground on a think limb-
First swarm I caught, very cool.

05-23-2016, 07:04 PM
Saw the first dutch clover today in New Haven. There were no bees working it. Bees are working the hawthorn, bringing in red pollen.

05-23-2016, 07:33 PM
Hawthorn pollen is yellowish, maybe the red is henbit or horse chestnut.

05-24-2017, 09:39 AM
3 swarms caught so far...
5/9- a huge swarm flew right into 2 deeps I had set up in Southington.
5/17- collected a nice size swarm from the side of a car in Bristol.
5/20- just missed a big one in Chesire. Flew away right before I got there...
5/22- collected another nice one from a tree branch in Bristol.

05-24-2017, 10:57 AM
I'm glad that colonies (not mine) are doing well enough to swarm. I haven't been trying to get my name out there for swarm collection, but I've not even had any luck with lemongrass oil anointed nucs with old black comb in them as swarm traps here in New Haven.

05-24-2017, 11:54 AM
Some things that I believe have been helpful to me in catching swarms in traps is making sure that at least one frame in the middle only has partial comb so that they have room to hang and something to build. I also put a 2" spacer on the bottom board to provide room down below the frames. Along with the dark comb and lemon grass oil of course...
Swarms like to hang!!🐝

05-27-2017, 04:58 PM
Yesterday I came home to find a large swarm 30' up in a fir tree. Successfully captured. While planting my garden today one of my larger hives that I had split two weeks ago decided to swarm! This time 50' up. No chance on that one. After a few hours it took off. Nothing captured in my swarm traps. That would be too easy!!

05-27-2017, 07:16 PM
Yesterday I came home to find a large swarm 30' up in a fir tree. Successfully captured.How?

05-28-2017, 04:51 AM
I thought it was a good idea, my wife said I was nuts. Basically I built a step ladder out of two extension ladders. Attached and rigged so there was no chance of failure. I should know better as I've been in construction for 30 plus years ( not OSHA approved ). I gave the higher swarm a thought for 30 seconds then that tiny bit of common sense in by brain took over.

05-28-2017, 05:28 AM
This swarming time of year always makes me wish I had an old telephone company truck with a cherry picker.

I know, however, that having that sort of vehicle show up in my driveway would lead to the dissolution of a heretofore happy marriage.

05-28-2017, 06:52 PM
well when it rains it pours! Day three and another swarm from one of my hives. This time it was slightly higher than my catch on Friday. This time I used a Bee Vac that I made earlier. Everything was going great until I realized the vac gate damper was almost fully closed. Sad to say i lost the swarm. Leason learned. I need a day off from this hobby.

05-26-2018, 09:03 PM
06074 South Windsor CT
Two swarms caught in flower pot swarm traps. Not my bees. One was a large 5 lb swarm and a the other was much smaller at about 1.5 lbs.

05-27-2018, 05:16 PM
I had a swarm move into a swarm trap on 5/24. Woke up this morning to one of my hives decided an overcast drizzle day was a good time to swarm. They ended up 60' in a maple tree. They are still there now at 7:15.
The swarm trap was transferred to a 10 frame hive. Very healthy size swarm. So I lost one and gained one!

05-27-2018, 08:30 PM
No swarms into my swarm traps in New Haven, and no swarms from my hives. I've been proactive in providing plenty of room for the queen to lay while the maple/dandelion/fruit tree blooms occurred.

I've now tried to consolidate the brood nest and provide supers atop the brood nest with the nectar containing frames and additional empty supers for the black locust, clover, and tulip tree nectar flow. Hoping for more than I can handle...

05-28-2018, 04:32 PM
I had performed a couple splits trying to prevent some swarming action. I caught another small swarm and had another move into a swarm trap. The large swarm high up in the tree is still there. Hopefully they move into a swarm trap. When it rains it pours.

06-05-2019, 03:52 PM
Today, 6/5/2019. Litchfield county. I'm assuming from the size of it (looks big to me, but I've never caught a swarm before) it can't be from the nuc I bought in April. It has to be from the split I made over a month ago. Then I put on supers a couple of weeks ago. Now the thing swarms anyway. The queenless-side of the split had a queen just last week or so. I went away for 4 days, walk out of my house at noon to hear a loud roar of bees and happened to see where it landed. It still isn't completely in the box, but I'm going out now to hopefully reign them all in off the tarp. They're still buzzing around like mad and nailed me 3 times already. So much for gentle swarms! (well, one was definitely my fault)


08-13-2019, 07:52 AM
06470, Newtown, CT (Fairfield County)
Bees swarmed sometime 8-12-19, found and captured.
Comments - We have 10 hives of various sizes and queen rightness. We suspected this swarm came from the largest hive two (2) 8 frame brood boxes, three (3) medium supers and two ekes. I checked this morning and the population is fine, with Eggs and a marked yellow (2017) queen. All our queen right hives are marked so I will work through them and try where this swarm originated (downpour during the middle of the inspection today). We have some neighbors with hives, and although it is possible as you can see in the pictures, this swarm found its way to the bottom of a 5 frame nuc. I was in the yard early yesterday morning and didn't see the swarm so I assume the swarmed yesterday while I was at work.

01-11-2020, 06:41 PM
Today in New Haven, CT USA, I was able to get all my hives treated with OAV for the 2nd time this winter. The temperature got up to about 56F (~14C), and it was really nice to have the bees flying around.

Also, a hybrid witch hazel (Hamamelis x intermedia) was being worked by the bees. I think they might have just been getting nectar and not pollen. Nice to have something for them to do in January! It's supposed to be warm tomorrow morning, too, so maybe I'll check to see if any are in need of some supplemental feeding.

02-18-2020, 10:29 AM
Crocus tomassinianus was blooming and being worked by the bees yesterday. It was in the mid-40's in the afternoon. The bees were bringing in pollen of 2 different colors, so they're starting to build-up for the 2020 season. I put 'deck of cards' sized protein patties on for them to have something to do when it's still not nice enough to fly.