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05-17-2007, 12:52 PM
First swarm of the season 1/8/2007
weather in the 70's
Mostly black queen from the wild blue yonder (into a Gumbo Limbo tree)

03-03-2008, 03:39 AM
3/2/08 split this hive about 2 weeks ago but it swarmed anyway. Watched it take off while working in the garden. 30 feet in a pine tree.size of 2 soft balls. 27 miles north of Tallahassee Fl. 32333.

K. Szegi
08-27-2008, 06:38 PM
Large swarm on 8-19-08.

01-29-2010, 04:03 PM
Had a hive swarm today on 1/29/2010 in central Florida

03-22-2010, 09:41 AM
Jacksonville Fl. 3/20/10

04-09-2010, 07:01 AM
Caught my second swarm of the year. I think it was a secondary swarm. It was only about the size of softball. I was able to find the queen I put her in one of those hair clip style queen catchers. Then I used a ruber band to attach her to a frame. After a few min they all went inside the hive body. They were laying on the ground so they were kind of hard to pick up. It was nice and sunny about 80 degrees. Jacksonville Florida

04-21-2010, 10:50 AM
Jacksonville Fl. 32218 Medium size swarm 4-20-10

04-26-2010, 06:05 PM
4/26 Orlando, FL area, 85 deg. Sunny. Top bar. 60% or so left.

04-29-2010, 03:21 PM
29 April 2010. Ferral hive swarmed at 11 am or so,large basketball size. From a tree 15 feet off the ground. Sarasota Fl. 34232

05-11-2010, 05:06 PM
Caught 4 swarms in traps in the past 10 days, Central Florida east coast.

05-26-2010, 01:29 PM
2 separate swarms, easy, low branch, in eastern Fort Lauderdale, Fl.
Hive both of them, good PR with neighbors.


09-22-2010, 01:17 PM
sept. 19, 2010 was when i witnessed a swarm and caught it.

Anthony Ritenour
03-21-2011, 11:43 AM
Saw my first swarm last Thursday, March 17. I put up 3 swarm boxes the week before. Today, March 21, I checked the boxes and it appears that I actually have 3 swarms. There is a commercial beekeeper right down the road. Nothing like free bees!

03-22-2011, 03:04 PM
March 17 -North FL. About 40' up on a Live Oak. After much finagling shook them to the ground and they went right into the box-whew!

03-23-2011, 07:02 AM
I caught four of my own swarms first of this week and finally caught a swarm from somewhere else yesterday. A nice sized swarm about as big as a volley ball. 32205

04-05-2011, 07:34 AM
Swarm on Saturday, April 2, 2011, probably from my hive #1 near Lamont, FL. I saw it clustered in the tree above my bee yard.

Then, on Sunday, April 3, 2011, the swarm cluster was gone, but I saw another swarm cluster on the same tree but on the other side and on a higher branch...unless it was the same swarm that just moved from one spot to the other. If it was indeed a second swarm, it probably came from my hive #2 which is the second strongest. Both Saturday and Sunday were warm sunny days following a dreary week of rain.


04-15-2011, 01:19 PM
Another swarm last Sunday, April 10, 2011. Watched the cluster fly over me and into the woods!

05-27-2011, 02:00 PM
May 25th - late in the afternoon - I stood in front of my hives and watched a swarm begin right before my eyes...so late in the day I was surprised...like most of my other swarms, they went up into a tall tree behind the bee yard, too high to recover them.

08-30-2011, 05:10 PM
Saturday, August 27th, 2011 - surprised at losing a swarm from my bee yard this late in the season. I guess they know when it's time to leave.

10-03-2011, 05:21 PM
10/02/2011 Pinellas County, Florida, USA - cantaloupe-sized swarm up in pine tree

10-09-2011, 01:07 PM
10/09/2011 Port Orange Florida, 32128 zip
Just got a call about a football sized swarm that settled underneath a picnic table. Looks like a real easy scoop.

01-22-2012, 09:48 AM
And the race is on, Got the first swarm of the season Thursday close to the bay. The girls don’t know what to do with this weather. Looked at hive yesterday that has been in the carport for three years, it had over a hundred drones trying to get in.

03-06-2012, 11:44 AM
Caught my first swarm of the year today. Jacksonville, Fl 32210

03-25-2012, 06:26 PM
Walked out to the bee yard this morning to do a thorough check of my four hives. I turned off the electric fence, got my equipment together and donned my bee suit. While I was doing that, hive #1 started boiling out bees. There was nothing to do but watch my bees leave home without even a goodbye!


"...for breath is sweeter taken even as the last in places dear...with gardens, fields and dogwood trees...in forest stands of bamboo shoots, of ginger root and honey bees...."

Anthony Ritenour
03-28-2012, 09:27 AM
I have gotten real lucky. I caught a huge swarm on Thursday 3/22. I took pictures with my cell, but I don't know how to post them. It filled a full hive body and a super. I went by the next day and had to put another super on top to prevent the bees from hanging outside so much. On Saturday 3/24 I caught my second swarm of the season--it was small, filling most of a nuc. Now yesterday I caught a third swarm, possibly as big as the first. This swarm box was less than a 100 yards from the first swarm box which caught the first monster swarm. I will go back today to see if I need to add any more boxes. This is only the second year that I have tried catching bees with swarm boxes, and in less than a week I have 3, two being monsters. Oh Happy Day!! These are coming off of commercial beekeepers with hives near orange groves in Florida 33876.

04-03-2012, 09:21 PM
Had another swarm from my bee yard today. I was making a split on another hive when the swarm took off into a neighboring tree. I had swarm traps everywhere with lemon grass oil, but could not compete with the surrounding woods - nothing like an old tree hole I guess. Temp was in high 80's - partly cloudy but mostly sunny.

04-27-2012, 08:42 PM
I caught my first swarm this season in North Florida on March 28. Caught three more since about a week apart. Weather was warm and sunny on all occasions.


05-18-2012, 04:22 PM
Hi all
My hive swarmed last Saturday 5/12 in Pensacola fl. Very upsetting but don't think as many left as is usual. Then we cut out about 11 swarm cells. The next day we heard piping! Very interesting experience.

05-28-2012, 05:57 PM
Had another swarm in Florida yesterday May 27th. Mine should be quit swarming by now.


Bees In Miami
01-11-2013, 05:28 PM
Swarm call last night...Swarm retrieved today in Aventura/Miami FL

03-11-2013, 04:07 PM
Caught 3 swarms Friday, 4 Saturday, 2 yesterday, and 1 today.

11-08-2013, 06:59 PM
I captured my first swarm today 11/8/2013 here in "Hilliard" North Florida 32046. Small softball sized swarm. Very windy day and in the 60s.

02-22-2014, 09:23 AM
my hive just swarmed. a football sized swarm in the neighbors tree. i happened to be standing outside at just the right time. 2-22-2014
zone 10b air temp currently 82 at 11.23 am



02-23-2014, 09:47 AM
Jacksonville,Fl 32221 about the size of two softballs, it had just started raining, hopefully I got the queen. I got 95% of them in the box.

03-02-2014, 09:56 PM
A swarm set up housekeeping today in our swarm box in West Palm Beach. Temp near 80 degrees. It's a first for us. Yay!

03-21-2014, 03:13 PM
OK, Barry, I got it. :)

3/2/14 Swarm 1--West Palm Beach, Fl. 33406 just before dusk, 80 degrees, partly cloudy
3/14/14 Swarm 2--West Palm Beach, Fl. 33406 early morning, 70 degrees, sunny
3/15/14 Swarm 3--West Palm Beach, Fl. 33406 noon, 69 degrees, sunny

All tiny dark bees, not from my hives. All in bait boxes. #1 & 2 on top of screened porch. #3 in tree. All 9-10 feet high, all facing south.

03-27-2014, 10:28 PM
3/27/14 Swarm #4 caught. West Palm Beach, Fl. 33406, cloudy, 69 degrees, morning, box 9 feet up on screened porch facing south.

04-24-2014, 06:52 PM
New to forum, caught my first swarm 3/18.

05-22-2014, 09:32 AM
5/22/14 #5 Swarm West Palm Beach, Fl. 33406, 11:00 am skies clear and totally cloudless, wind 2-3 mph, temp 84. Volleyball sized swarm into nuc sized swarm trap baited with LGO, 4 foudationless frames, and 1 frame drawn comb. Swarm chose box 9f eet up in tree facing south over box 9 feet up on screened porch facing south. Watched the whole choosing process. Very fun and interesting.

05-29-2014, 07:33 AM
5/25/14 #6 Swarm West Palm Beach, Fl. 33406 trap facing south 8' on top of screened porch

07-07-2014, 11:58 AM
Just had a swarm take off this weekend 7-5-14. 33542 10:00 From one of my splits made in february. They settled on a branch in a large oak next door about 30 ft. up in the tree.

07-30-2014, 06:25 AM
Swarm date 7/29/14. Limb on tree about 30 feet from hive.

02-10-2015, 01:02 PM
Swarm today. Temps in the 60's. From one of my hives. Pasco county, Florida.

02-12-2015, 05:06 PM
33541 south east corner of pasco county. Florida.

02-12-2015, 06:14 PM
Swarm date 2/15 zip 33541 temps in the high 60's. About 1:00 in the afternoon.

02-26-2015, 09:38 AM
2/23/2015 2 small swarms on same day--West Palm Beach, Fl. 33406 80 degrees, sunny. Both not from my hives.

03-10-2015, 08:37 PM
I have had two one last week and one today. Both were from my hives. One got away the other I got about half the bees uncertain on the queen. All I have read about them not aggressive and not stinging is totally BULL! Got about a dozen stings mostly through my shirt on my arms. Florida zip 32465

03-27-2015, 03:09 PM
Small 1 lb swarm captured on bottom of garage 6" off the ground-- Center of Miami, FL. Not from my hives.

04-23-2015, 08:14 PM
3/23/15 swarm moved into vacant top bar hive.
4/23/15 caught a swarm in a trap.

Pensacola, Fl

06-08-2015, 02:34 PM
Molino, Fl 32577. Small swarm between a softball and soccer ball at 2:30 pm today. Shook into nuc box. Origin unknown.

07-11-2015, 08:02 PM
Caught a 5# swarm that had taken up residence in neighbor's bird feeder 7/9/2015.

08-11-2015, 08:21 AM
Wanted to make sure that they were going to hang around before I posted. They're bringing in pollen, so it looks like they're here to stay. I plan to move them from the 5 frame nuc to a 10-frame deep this week.

Indialantic, FL 32903
5-frame nuc swarm trap baited with honey-b-healthy and one frame of old black comb.

bevy's honeybees
09-15-2015, 07:08 AM
Last week I got 3 swarms to my backyard. The first went to a 10 frame medium bait box that I've had set up since January. It got no spring swarm and I just left it. At some point I must have taken out some 5 or 6 frames to use somewhere else because when I went to peek into the new swarm they were all under the lid and building there. Need to begin a fix on that today. Swarm 2 came the next day and went into a wax cardboard nuk that was standing on end and has 3 frames in it, the lid not pushed down tight and using that for entrance. It's in my storage shed that I leave the door open for light and ventilation. I carefully set it flat the next day and they seem to be fine. After a peek of course, it's a smaller colony but not tiny. I need to fix that one too.

The 3rd is quite small so I suspect definitely an after swarm. That one came on Saturday morning and we got to watch it move in. I looked out my patio window and saw the backyard air full of bees. My grandkids were over so they got to see too. They were moving into a stack of medium honey supers I had out on a wire shelf--that fortunately I had placed a queen excluder under them for just this reason, in case of swarm. The supers are out there for bee cleaning from hives I had switched out empty drawn frames with empty frames. So I had to think fast. I took a 10 frame and put in a few frames of empty comb and the rest empty frames, a q tip with lemon grass oil, set it directly under the stack and put the lid on with about 2" open. I didn't hold my breath that this would entice them to move down, but low and behold, within a couple hours they did! Next morning I checked the honey supers, no bees. They are using the entrance to the deep so I know they are in there. Whew!

Another swarm last week went to a bait box I have at a friend's who told me on Friday that there has been traffic for about 5 days. I'm assuming a swarm moved in.

bevy's honeybees
09-25-2015, 02:11 PM
Swarm to a hive I use for storage of frames at one of my yards. I had a sheet over the front and 3/4 of the hive, no bait smell or comb and they still moved in. It had 8 empty foundationless frames and they were also starting to build off the lid. I caught it in time. Another bait hive at a friend's discovered on the same day. Brings my total to 9 for September. A swarm moved into the box from last week where u wanted the collected swarm to go. Maybe the one that left decided to come back. It was 3 days later.

02-09-2016, 10:46 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.

02-09-2016, 09:43 PM
Boynton Beach, FL 33472 Palm Beach County

Went to bait a swarm trap before dark. It has been cool out do I didn't think much about taking it down and opening it without knocking on it first. Oops! There was a small swarm inside. There was only a small piece of comb so they couldnt have been in there long. Spotted the queen so I closed it up and took them home.

02-21-2016, 08:40 PM
2/21/16 23020
Boynton Beach, FL 33472 Palm Beach County

Things were settling down when I checked the trap this afternoon must have just missed them moving in. There was no activity here on 2/18. 23021

The trap is in the back of a pasture about 10' up in a tall pine.

02-29-2016, 08:34 PM

Wellington, FL

Swarm trap was set on 2/25. 6' up in an oak


bevy's honeybees
09-10-2016, 12:26 PM
I set up 2 5 frame nucs on Aug 30th. First swarm came on 9/2/16. Next one 9/6/16. On 9/7 there was a bunch of bees checking out comb frames and empty supers in the shed so quickly set up a deep and baited it. The next morning, early, there were about 30 bees doing an orientation flight in front of the hive. 90 minutes later a swarm was moving in.
I set up another bait deep behind shed yesterday. This morning, nothing at that box but a bunch more bees in the shed. In the back corner of the shed (behind stuff not easy to get to) is an empty hogan trap out hive with it's lid, and I highly suspect bees have or are moving into it.
I have a bunch of bait hives set up at my out yards which I will check next week. They've come a little early this year and the Brazillian Pepper is getting ready to bloom.

South West Florida, Lee county
9/2/ through present.

Scotty P's Bees
03-02-2017, 03:58 PM
Less than a week.
My traps bring all the girls to the yard.


03-16-2017, 09:08 AM
Florida Gulf coast area. 5 Mar 1030 hrs found a large swarm in pine tree in my yard about 10 foot high. I shook them into a box with a frame of brood and honey real easy. 7 Mar set 5 frame nuc in a pecan tree about 10 foot high with 4 foundation frames and one old brood frame and a drop or two of lemon grass oil. 12 Mar I had a new hive busy setting up house. I don't think any came from my hives.

02-22-2018, 06:38 PM
Florida Panhandle (Okaloosa County) boxed a swarm from one of my hives on afternoon of Feb 22.

03-15-2018, 08:46 AM
Got two in the week of 3/11/2018.

One very easy, the other on the ground and tangled in the lower branches of a bush and they would NOT go into the box, no matter what I baited it with. Or I'd get 4/5ths of them in the box and thought it was good but then they'd walk right out again. Took several days/attempts before I finally got em for good.

03-15-2018, 09:23 AM
March 10, 2018
Found a swarm when picking up a nuc box. Swarm was in his yard and huddled under an occupied hive. Cloudy weather.

04-15-2018, 10:24 AM
Set a bait hive on 3-28-18, found a small swarm occupying it on 4-09-18. Used a ten-frame deep, 3 feet above grade with one old brood comb and two drops of LGO.

04-17-2019, 07:25 PM
Florida Panhandle area; Navarre, Florida: One swarm on the 6th of March, one swarm on the 7th of March. I believe both were castoffs from one of my hives. Since I have been deployed, my wife tells me another swarm (14 April 2019) that she believes moved into my swarm bait hive the next day.


04-17-2019, 07:44 PM
Maybe you got one of Heather's swarms?

04-17-2019, 10:06 PM
Anything is possible, I reckon. That would be great for genetic diversity in my beeyard as well. I need to get back to the club meetings when I return stateside.


02-19-2020, 01:22 PM
Waiting to lure my first swarm, after watching dozens upon dozens of videos and reading Tons of info.
I see many people referring to swarms they've found and I rarely see anyone refer to finding more than one queen. The guy on Barnyard bees made a video where he found 9 queens when he had a swarm in his yard. I've seen several videos of people looking in their hives and finding queen cells that are either capped or with a couple that are opened and no queens in sight. So, if there's a few queen cells open, couldn't that mean the swarms you find in your yards or nearby could have more than one queen in the ball? The guy in the Video I referenced, stated it's not uncommon and he didn't know why more people didn't look for more queens. If you don't, (according to him) and you just drop the whole ball in a new hive, the bees will kill all but one queen. But if you separate them, you could do so before the kill them all.
Hoping for any comments and info.