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04-19-2010, 10:54 PM
got my first one today. Balled up on some auger peaces at a local
farm. 83540

05-27-2012, 03:07 PM
May 13 two calls within 5 inutes of each other. Both in Idaho Falls. First was basketball size on bottom limb of pine tree (easy catch) other was inside tunnel of broken concrete on ground. (not so easy catch) My first 2 swarms ever. Cool!

04-22-2013, 12:39 PM
April 18, 2013 83616 Football sized swarm in fruit tree in neighbor's yard.

05-15-2013, 09:38 AM
Zip 83350 Rupert, Idaho
5-4-13 1 swarm
5-10-13 1 swarm
5-12-13 2 swarms
5-14-13 4 swarms
This picture is of one of the swarms last night. The coolest looking one I have ever caught. All of the 8 swarms have been 3 feet or less off the ground. All have stayed home so far to. The weather here warmed up to 80-90 degrees this last week and the bees have gone crazy. About out of equipment.

05-15-2013, 10:39 PM
5-15-13 zip 83350 Rupert, Idaho
I caught three more swarms today. Total of 11 in the last week. And it is just getting started.601060116012

05-16-2013, 03:29 PM
Caught number 12 today.
5/16/13 Zip 83350 Rupert, Idaho
Out of twelve, two decided to abscond today. Bugga. The other 10 are going strong though. Hope they keep going strong. I guess your bound to lose some. Just try and try again.

06-01-2013, 07:59 AM
Caught number 14 on 5-29-13 6353
Caught number 15 on 5-31-13 6352
Rupert, Idaho 83350

06-05-2013, 10:35 PM
Caught number 16 tonight. This swarm was every bit of 10lbs. Zip 83350 80 degrees.

06-07-2013, 04:25 PM
# 17. Rupert, Idaho 83350 85 degrees.

05-13-2014, 10:57 PM
Picked up my first three swarms of the season tonight. All three were around 5 lbs. All three were about a foot off the ground and were real easy to slip into the box. Hived them all, brought them home and fed them and now the waiting game to see if they stay home. I love the swarm season. Caught 18 swarms here in Rupert Idaho last year. Want to break that and get at least 20 this year. Happy hunting to all.

05-18-2014, 12:59 PM
Picked up two more swarms last night. Around 4-5 lbs of bees. Both about 1 1/2 feet off the ground. I sure hope they are all this easy this year. I'm sure I just jinxed myself. Still having fun with this swarm catching. 83350

05-21-2014, 10:30 PM
Caught 5 swarms tonight in good old Rupert, Idaho. All were 3-4 lbs. It was a great night. Suppose to be around 80 degrees tomorrow. Should be another good day. That makes 14 total so far. 83350. Started the spring with 12 hives, now up to now up to 26.

05-22-2014, 08:45 PM
Caught another swarm tonight. About 4-5 lbs. Rupert, Idaho 83350

06-01-2014, 07:46 AM
Caught numbers 24, 25 and 26 last night. All about 4-5 lbs. Checked the other 23 I have caught and they are all queen right. I love catching swarms. Now puts me up to 35 hives and still of couple of good weeks of swarm season left. :):D:thumbsup:

06-06-2015, 10:29 AM
June 6th 10:15am Caldwell, ID 83605 USDA Zone 5

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.

B Steve B
04-07-2016, 02:50 PM
First swarm ever for me, yesterday - 4/6/16. Zip 83651. West side of Nampa.

Swarm had just arrived that afternoon and was balled up in a shrub next door to my friend's home. Don't know where it came from, but there are a couple of large beekeeping operations within about a half mile. Temps in the low 70s and the first really nice day in a while.

04-08-2016, 08:14 PM
wrong state!

04-29-2016, 09:33 PM
from Rupert drove 35 miles at 4 a.m swarm spent the night in the grass by a school bus stop,,was in danger of being sprayed,, 3 ft circle abut 2 inches thick,,my first good capture,,,4/21/16 cassia county

B Steve B
05-12-2016, 08:48 AM
Yesterday, 5/11. Small swarm about 15' up a tree. Sw Nampa. Friends of family called soon after it arrived. They were dangling from a limb about the diameter of string. Maybe a pound and a half of bees. Guessing, an after swarm?

B Steve B
06-03-2017, 04:37 PM
May 28. A hive that I had split swarmed anyway. Looks like about 30k bees. We were in the yard when they went out, and they staged in a tree on our property. Let them settle down while we had dinner. Boxed them up that evening in a bate hive I had set up in hopes they would move in if they swarmed anyway while we were gone. Happy day.