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05-23-2007, 07:04 PM
The first one was on March 11 which is about 2 weeks earlier than normal and still getting calls. Zip 31216.

Jim Williamson
09-12-2007, 05:06 PM
I have a small (1 - 1.5 lbs) swarm hanging 14 feet up a tree in my beeyard right now. I put out a swarm trap with lemon grass oil. If they move in, I'll combine with a nucleus I've been nursing along this summer. This has been a strange year.

9/12/2007 30161 Rome, GA

03-20-2008, 08:10 PM
Got to see one of my hives swarm today - it was very cool, but they lit on a tree too high to get to, so, I lost them, so it was disappointing too:(

07-29-2008, 06:41 AM
New to site and beekeeping caught my first swarm on 7/18/08 in a birdhouse my front yard. I have moved them to a box i think it well workout better.

11-03-2008, 04:43 PM
I caught a swarm on10-24-08 here the other day here in SE. has not gotten too cold here yet in the 70s 80s.

01-23-2009, 08:52 PM
I was hanging out with FATBEEMAN (1/23/09) today in Lula,Ga. and we hived a small swarm on the side of his workshop. It was a clear 65 degree winter day. I got a stinger to the inside of my right nostril:eek:

04-01-2010, 06:00 PM
Checked 4 swarm traps put out 8 days ago. Three had swarms.

04-03-2010, 11:58 AM
Caught a large swarm from my hives today. They went 25 yards away and stopped 3 foot high in a leyland cypress. I shook them in to 2 medium deep hive and it was full of bees.

04-23-2010, 08:53 PM

Two of my overwintered hives appear to have swarmed 20 days ago, but I picked up a swarm 4/22/10 and got another call which I gave to my beekeeping buddy 4/23/10. zip code 30534.
Dawsonville Ga

04-27-2010, 07:25 PM
Monroe Ga.

Rookie mistake turns a 10 minute job into a 3 hour ordeal. Nice soccer ball sized swarm in the middle of a thin branch about 10' off the ground. I decide to snip the branch down to size. Box was not under swarm and they hit the ground and dispersed. had to wait for them to gather back up, shook them into box. Live and learn.

05-05-2010, 05:32 AM
Caught a swarm yesterday in Rydal, Ga. (NW GA) Pretty cool... shook them down and they marched right into my lang deep. Wish I had video of it!

05-13-2010, 08:10 PM
went this afternoon to put more supers on an behold a swarm in the tree 6 feet off the ground easy pickins.

05-19-2010, 04:00 PM
caught another swarm on 5/16 then caught 2 more nice swarms on the 19th that makes 5 swarms and 3 cutouts this season thus far:D

05-24-2010, 05:57 AM
30052 Loganville Ga.
My cell finisher swarmed :doh:
They clustered about 40' in a pine tree then seemed to return to the hive after about 30 minutes. I opened hive and found a Q cell on a frame (not on my graft bar) took that frame and made a split

30642 Greensboro Ga.
Caught a swarm in a swarm trap placed in deerstand :)

07-06-2010, 06:23 AM
July 5th Swarm I Did a cut out at a home in April and all went well. Yesterday the home owner called and said the bees are back and so I went and sure enough there was the largest swarm to date clustered in the same corner as my previous cut out. fortunately they could not get in due to no holes. I swept the bees onto frames and placed into the box and saw the Queen on one of them,I left a small cluster on the house and the bees in the air thinking at dark they would all go in the box.unfortunately a double fistfull were still on the house ill have to go back today and finish the job.

03-15-2011, 06:03 AM
3/14/11 I help catch a wild swarm at noon in town ,then got home and was working bees looked up in tree about 12 feet high there was a nice big swarm. Got them down and in a box with feed. my zip code is 30455 in Ga. near Statesboro,Ga

03-19-2011, 06:52 AM
17 March. I saw them staging on a bush abt 15 feet from the hive at abt noon. By the time I could get equipped to rebox them, later that afternoon, they were gone. Temp was mid 70s, sunny. Location is 31639, south Georgia.

04-03-2011, 08:07 AM
I had 2 swarm from my hives in northeast Ga. I found one large swarm in wild cherry tree 20 feet from swarm trap. I was able to capture and box them before they used the trap. They were checking it out heavily. After another 2 hrs of working in bee yard,made 2 splits and pinched 1 poor queen. As i was leaving i looked at swarm trap and saw several hundred bees flying around. I thought they were from the previous swarm . I continued to watch and sure enough another swarm had moved into the trap. I worked in 2 hives and found 10 to 20 queen cells. I have five more to work today. The season is going strong here.

04-17-2011, 05:50 PM
It must be swarm day here in NE Georgia This morning I had a call on a swarm in Winder after wich I went to my bee yard by the house and had a small swarm of my own. Then I delivered an observation hive I built to another beekeeper and while pointing out a large swarm in her backyard another swarm came out of another one of her hives. After dealing with those I went to my Bethlehem yard and you know it another swarm. Ok it keeps going now its 4pm and i get a call on another swarm by the time I got there they were gone. So back to the house and while supper is cooking I go the the yard by my house to check on the earlier swarm i caught. and there was another small one out of one of my nucs. I need to build more equipment:banana:

05-08-2011, 05:42 PM
I had a swarm from my hive on 10 APR. Central Georgia, and the weather was very warm for that time of year.

03-04-2012, 07:12 AM
Atlanta, Ga. 3-3-12. In a tree 56 degrees, windy and partly cloudy. Last week was in the low 70's.

03-06-2012, 09:35 PM
Caught a swarm in the big magnolia in my front yard yesterday, a bit larger than a football. Winds at 15-20, with gusts of ~30.
30427 3/5/12

03-10-2012, 08:23 PM
Missed a swarm from one of my hives yesterday. My wife called me at work as she was watching. She said that they formed a column from the hive up 30 ft., then took off. She followed as far as she could, but couldn't keep up. I looked for them when I got home, to no avail.
30427 3/9/12

03-11-2012, 09:04 PM
Huge swarm out of one of my hives today in Athens Ga, cought them and hived them tonite. :)

03-24-2012, 12:47 PM
23 March 2012. Glennville, GA 30427. 1:00 PM. 90 degrees F.
Got a swarm call from the police chief about 1:00 yesterday, but I was working over an hour away at the time. I called my wife and asked if she wanted to catch her first swarm, and she agreed. I gave her a list of everything she needed to get the job done, and gave her a few tips on how to go about it. The swarm was covering a newly place 10 gal. flower pot filled with fresh flowers at the local florist shop. She brushed and scooped all that she could, and ended up cutting the plants and putting bees and all in the box. As she was working, a journalist for the local paper showed up to cover the story for next week's edition.
Altogether, she experienced her first swarm removal, will be in the paper next week, got a new hive of bees, and through the newspaper article, will get some free advertisement for our new business. Can't beat that with a stick!


04-22-2012, 07:45 AM
30548 Hoschton Ga have boxed 3 swarms so far this year.Caught a swarm in a swarm trap. Placed a swarm trap at friends house on 4/19 bees moved in on the 20th. The swarm was 40 foot high in a tree and we could not get to them.Looks as though swarming is about to peak here.

07-10-2012, 02:05 PM
5lb swarm in my empty top bar hive on Saturday July 7. Rentz, Laurens County, Ga 31075

02-09-2013, 12:22 PM
Swarm crossed my backyard today, feb 9, 2013. I heard them from inside. They look to be setting up housekeeping in a large oak across street. I have put out a storm trap.

Tony G.
03-18-2013, 05:40 AM
March 17, 2013 in Fayetteville, Ga. Got a call after church today from a man across town. Probably 15# low on the side of a oak tree.


04-07-2013, 06:22 PM
A simple post of your location, weather, origin of swarm if known, and date would be great.

Alabama, 70 deg. Sunny, little breezy
Date of swarm 4/6/13
My apiary

03-31-2014, 06:05 PM
Swarm on 3/29/14 successfully hived. 25 miles northwest of Atlanta, GA

04-01-2014, 06:30 PM
Saw a swarm today(4-1-14) to an old oak tree. 82 degrees and sunny. Paulding County, Ga 30157. I setup a trap to try and draw them out... hope it works!

04-04-2014, 03:14 PM
Swarm moved into my bait hive at 4pm on 4/4/14 :) Hoping it stays! I'm in Auburn, GA 30011

cdb 1212
04-12-2014, 04:31 AM
Swarm in backyard tree at 3pm 35
Miles south of atlanta ga 4-11-14

04-23-2014, 11:32 AM
I have had 7-8 swarms first witnessed on March 12th, most recent today.

Waynesville Ga 31566

04-23-2014, 06:42 PM
Caught a swarm last week 4/17/14. 31404 Savannah, GA My very first swarm and my very first bees!!! Now to keep them alive.

05-24-2014, 07:01 PM
Caught a 4.5 lb swarm this morning in Dasher Ga. They are in a new box and happy as can bee.

03-16-2015, 05:25 PM
Found this one in the same tree I found one in last year. 3-11-15. ?oh=2e75501a57d2c16b96f6b08ecb765556&oe=557E8F6B&__gda__=1433685083_6b1f947bee92b944d17ae9c401bed5d 4

03-18-2015, 07:03 PM
Quitman Ga. 3/16/15 Boxed a large swarm about 4 feet off ground.

03-25-2015, 06:47 PM
bugman, looks like quitman is just north of the panhandle, and that swarming is a matter of weeks from starting up here. it makes sense based on local blooms and current colony dynamics. better get my traps ready. thanks for the report.
My neighbor had one yesterday afternoon 3/24/15, around 80 degrees F. This one was In Hahira Ga. Also one moved into a tree at work, every year they move in this tree in the spring and abandon it in late summer. Then they just reappear out of nowhere.

04-01-2015, 07:15 PM
Got a nice one Monday in South Lowndes County, and got one today in Hahira Ga. Both were doing the waggle dance a little while later. guess they must like there new homes.

04-08-2015, 06:51 AM
Emanuel County, Ga.

1 swarm 4-3

Caught in fiber traps
1 on 4-4
1 on 4-5
2 on 4-7
Swarm Commander used in fiber traps.

2 of the catches in the fiber traps were sitting next to an empty hive also baited with swarm commander and comb. Bees chose the fiber trap both times.

04-12-2015, 07:50 AM
4-11 Watched swarm land on and enter fiber pot swarm trap.
4-11 Hived another swarm that had been in fiber trap for 2 days.

Emanuel County Ga. Cloudy and mist in morning followed by about 80 degrees.

04-28-2015, 07:37 PM
Same hive of Russian hybrids swarmed twice in one week. The first time was 4/21, when they settled on my chain link fence. I was able to hive these. The second swarm, which I witnessed leaving the hive, occurred on 4/26. This second swarm gathered in the top of a 50 foot oak tree. I threw a cord on top, shook them loose, but then they disappeared. Where they went, I still don't know.

05-15-2015, 06:09 PM
5/14/15 large swarm moved into my bait hive (top entrance, 2 warre boxes with an old comb in each box in the middle, lemongrass oil and empty bars in the top box only.) They came in late afternoon, it was cloudy, windy and hot out. Lots of activity all day today! I also had calls for a swarm in Marietta, one in Cumming in the eaves of a house and one in Snellville, but I couldn't make it out to collect them due to a family emergency. :( Hopefully someone else was able to!

r hayden
06-05-2015, 08:32 AM
Rockmart GA, 30153
4:30 pm
Landed 40 ft up an oak.

10-08-2015, 11:02 PM
Lake Carter, Ga.
Clear and sunny, Temp. about 70
6:00 PM
softball sized way up in tree,
Not worth the trouble of cutting the tree down, if they want to live they will move to a empty hive body full of frames that's 15 yards away.
So far they haven't moved so they are crazy if they do then that's another matter...

02-09-2016, 10:47 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.

03-24-2016, 07:58 AM
Henry County, GA. March 23rd 2016. Swarm entered bait hive. I do not know where the bees came from, but not from my hives.

04-03-2016, 06:44 PM
Had one of my hives swarm today. 4/3/2016. Rome Ga 30165.
Luckily they were on a branch about 3 ft off the ground.

04-11-2016, 05:23 PM
Caught another swarm in my back yard bait give, same spot as the last two years. Moved in today around noon. It was sunny and warm, after a cold weekend. Zip 3001. I hate a video I'll try to post a link to shortly.

04-30-2016, 03:34 PM
Augusta 4-30-16 24377

05-07-2016, 09:40 PM
My first swarm was

I put two 3 pound packages of bees in the hives on April 27. On April 30 one of them swarmed, lost all of them. May 4 the other one swarmed. I was able to catch most of them and put them in a different hive today. 30747

03-05-2017, 07:13 PM
top bar hive swarmed today about 15 minutes before i was going to split it. Convenient that I was there and just had to wait for them to cluster in a jasmine vine on a trellis nearby.
30161 zone 7b

03-22-2017, 07:25 AM
two secondary swarms from same hive on friday mar 17. landed a foot apart on the same vine trellis as previous one.
one is in 6 frame trap right now, the other in a small top bar hive, settling in pending my verification of mated laying queens.

03-30-2017, 03:34 PM
Lake Claire, Atlanta, GA

Large 4-5 lb+ primary swarm off a feral hive in an abandoned house. Had in a deep 5 frame nuc, but wasn't big enough, so went into a 5x5. Also most of my hives had swarm cells in them upon inspection.

07-02-2017, 01:59 PM
Large primary swarm off one of my hives as reported by the owner of my outyard property, July 2nd. Atlanta, GA.

Unfortunately I've been in Sweden so I missed it completely. Video shows a pretty large swarm

08-02-2017, 05:29 AM
July 30 (2017) 6PM. 30504 (Gainesville). Sunny, clear, 85. A grapefruit sized swarm (maybe 1.5 lbs?) with a nice looking queen. I don't think it was from my own hives....

08-09-2017, 09:32 PM
August 9th, Powder Springs, about a canteloupe sized swarm, maybe a pound or so. Found the queen.

04-17-2018, 06:41 PM
April 17 2018
Haralson, Co.

Got a prime swarm today. Had to use a deep and a medium 8 frame to hive it.

04-16-2019, 12:59 PM
Swarm moved in today around 2:15 under sunny skies