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Hill's Hivery
05-17-2007, 08:05 AM
My first call was May 4th and I have captured 3 additional swarms since then with 3 swarms out of the last 3 days. (Whew!)

LOCATION: Olney, IL (Southern IL)

WEATHER: Its been around the mid to upper 80's with high to moderate humidity. Lots of sunshine! We have had a cold snap come in this week with temps at night dipping to the mid 40's, so I hope that it will slow the swarm trend for a little. At least until I can get more equipment built!

05-17-2007, 11:57 AM
2 swarms collected on 5/12/2007. My own hives had swarm cells 5/07/2007.
Many of my hives are building up very fast now. All of my big hives looked swarmy 2nd week of May. So far I have got to all of my hives before they were able to swarm. But just when you think you have it all taken care of them will try something.

07-08-2007, 01:37 PM
Went on a swarm call today 7/8/07 was a large swarm but probably be a honey eater if the big boys saying holds true .


07-15-2007, 12:03 AM
2ore swarms in last 2 days . One came to my honey house and another on a fence post . Both good size swarms . 7/14/07 mid 80s today . West central illinois .


05-06-2008, 01:25 PM
Picked up this swarm yesterday, 5/5/08, in Southern Illinois (62450). I hadn't even seen anything like this though. It was a swarm about the size of a basketball and a much smaller swarm next to it.

Anyone ever seen anything like this?

08-26-2008, 01:33 PM
Football sized swarm 10 feet of the ground in pine tree collected 8/25/08 .

05-14-2009, 09:31 AM
Large swarm 5/13/09 hanging 15 feet off a roof line. Extra large swarm 5/14/09 5 feet off the ground hanging on tree. Got both moved to my bee yard.

Beacon Woods
05-21-2009, 11:28 AM
Quad Cities - Illinois

One of my eight hives swarmed yesterday. Buckfasts. Plucked them out of a walnut tree 12 foot off the ground about 15 feet away from the hive. Guess I should have split instead of supered.


07-31-2009, 08:41 AM
Started to swarm 5/20/09 changed their minds. Swarmed again 5/29/09.
Now my #3 hive.

05-10-2010, 12:59 PM
May 8th 2010 - My colony swarmed and I caught it. Naples, FL - Very South West Tip of Florida.

Video here:

06-24-2010, 03:33 PM
Swarm entered an empty TB hive on premise. 60185
Guess I better paint it now.

07-11-2010, 03:52 AM
July1st, Central Illinois, 62056. 3:30 pm. One of my hives swarmed onto a nearby tree branch. About volleyball sized. We captured and hived it.

06-23-2011, 07:33 PM
06/18 swarm in northern Illinois.

07-04-2011, 10:30 PM
Swarm in the big city. Chicago, Today (July 4, 2011), to the neighborhood playground, captured and brought back. The weather has been about mid-eighty. Can't figure out why, no swarm cells, no queen cells, no idea...

03-11-2012, 01:34 PM
Got a call for a swarm today here in North Central Illinois. Very early for that! It had moved before I could get there but there were still bees all over the neighborhood. Must have just missed it.

04-02-2012, 06:37 PM
62420 Casey, IL
Member of one of my clubs reported capturing a swarm today. At least a month early for here.

04-20-2012, 04:01 AM
huge swarm 4/12/12 central Illinois,springfield area

04-28-2012, 09:49 PM
Small swarm maybe a softball sized cluster gathered late tonight in Dixon Illinois.04/28/12

05-12-2012, 04:44 PM
central illinois,partly sunny,hive swarmed today,all is well in there new 8 frame,i was going to split monday.

Northern IL
06-20-2012, 06:05 PM
just came in from hiving my first swarm ever ,,,was awesome & very lucky they decided to set on a sapling as they were as high in near by trees 30 or more feet

Harley Craig
05-07-2013, 07:00 PM
had a swarm show up at my house today Not sure how many lbs only seen pictures, I'm out of town and had to phone a friend to catch it for me. 62420

Harley Craig
05-14-2013, 07:07 PM
5-13-13 IL 62442 missed it, it was in my moms back yard and I was out of town, another local beek got it.

05-15-2013, 09:14 AM
Was visiting Edwardsville Illinois, 0n the 9th of May, when a swarm of bees landed by the house I was staying in.

05-30-2013, 12:08 PM
5/26 in Southern Ill
LArge aggressive swarm....

06-14-2013, 01:30 PM
One of my hives swarmed yesterday 6/13/2013 Lyons, IL (southwest Chicago suburb)
Clear sunny day 70 degrees

06-24-2013, 09:26 PM
I got swarm today in northern IL. first one of the season here .slow start here we finaly getting things going with warm weather . very poor mating season here . go bees and BLACKHAWKS !!!

06-26-2013, 11:03 PM
Northern IL about 10 miles from Wisconsin. zip code 61073. 6/26/13 caught two swarms this evening. Warm humid day with heavy rains this morning and the last several days.

05-20-2014, 02:15 PM
First swarm of the season!! 2-3 lbs. Greenville,Illinois 62246.

05-28-2014, 01:08 PM
May 24th, 62305. It was one of mine and settled 40' up in an Oak tree, stayed 4.5 hours and then left.

06-06-2014, 07:34 AM
Discovered a swarm occupied one of the bait boxes 5 June, hadn't checked this box for about a week so I'm not sure how long they've been in residence.

SW IL 62278, 5 June 14

06-17-2014, 07:47 AM
6-16-14 zip 62278 South Western Illinois
Weather has been rainy most of the week

Moved a bait box with no activity to where I had captured a swarm earlier this month. Had a small swarm, maybe 2lb, land less than two feet behind my head while trying to install the box; transferred them into the box since it was getting dark. Shocked is an understatement.

06-18-2014, 02:32 AM
I caught a swarm yesterday, 6/17/14 in my backyard in Carpentersville, IL. Temp was in the low 80's, no rain, sunny.

Source: The NUC I installed on 5/15/14.

Levi's Bees
07-08-2014, 09:39 AM
7/06/2014 8:30 am b5 zone 1229412295

05-01-2015, 08:07 PM
5/1- first swarm of the year. 3lb swarm about 10 feet off the ground in a tree, sunny and 72. Macomb, IL.

05-11-2015, 06:38 PM
First swarm trap of the year officially occupied and bringing in pollen, They were trapped in a 5 frame nuc trap with swarm commander as the lure. An approx 5 lb swarm. Greenville Illinois 62246.

05-13-2015, 07:58 PM
5-13, Good sized swarm from one of our hives that we just split 11 days ago. 20' up in a Cedar tree. Got them down and hived, we'll see if they stay.
had to be at least 6 - 7 lb. 70, sunny and a little breezy.

Harley Craig
05-14-2015, 01:20 PM
5-14-15 Caught a swarm in IL zip 62420 (Casey) and got a notification of one the next town over 62442 (Martinsville) but someone else beat me to the punch.

05-18-2015, 05:50 AM
West Central IL - 5-17 1:00 p.m. partly sunny, day after big storms. Large 8 LB swarm 25' up in a tree. Can't get to them safely, so will let nature take it's course. Attempting to bait them down. Second swarm on a call. 10 miles away. Volleyball size captured and housed. On a low branch in a neighborhood. Temps in the 70's.

05-22-2015, 06:09 PM
Two nice swarms today, 5/21/2015, both less than 10 feet high. Clear, 75 degrees.
Southern Illinois

05-25-2015, 09:04 PM
May 18 small swarm about the size of a softball
Sunny 75 degrees, 61455

May 24 call from business owner for swarm 2 feet off the ground on brick wall picture looked to be around 4-5 pounds. When I arrived someone was there and already had the swarm in a hive body. Partly cloudy 70 degree, 61455 (Macomb)

May 25 , 3 of 8 swarm traps have swarms in them, 61420. Thanks swarm commander.

06-16-2015, 03:16 AM
My hive in Carpentersville, IL swarmed on 6/15/2015.

Harley Craig
07-11-2015, 07:39 PM
My may 1st package that pulled a double deep and started on a super made a practice swarm today so I did a teranov split and cobbled together another box and some frames and set the board they were clustered on in front of the new hive, watched the queen march in - central il

02-09-2016, 10:48 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.

04-12-2016, 06:18 PM
Massac County, 62960, 4/12/16, 4:30 PM, Neighbor's hive swarmed into crabapple tree about 10 feet up. Trimmed tree and shook swarm into 10 frame deep.

04-16-2016, 07:09 PM
Massac County, IL, 62960, 4/16/16, 11:00am. 72 with Sunshine and clear skies. Called to swarm location, had been there for two days. Attached to golf practice net about 2 feet above ground level. Very easy capture. Brought them home. :)

04-18-2016, 10:05 PM
Caught my first swarm today! Too bad it was from my own hive. Swarm season definitely caught me about 2 weeks early. Total newbie here. It landed on my shootong bench about 30 yards from the hives. Didn't see it land, but it wasn't there an hour earlier. Got it put into a 10 frame deep. Saw the queen so hopefully they stay. 24069

Macoupin County, IL. 4/18/16

05-03-2016, 09:44 PM
Two swarms calls tonight 1 at 7pm and 1 at 7:05. One was basketball sized and hanging 4' off the ground in a lilac bush. The second one was on a cross brace in a fence about the same size as the first. Sunny and 68 degrees today McDonough county 61420.

05-03-2016, 10:33 PM
5/3 Baylis, IL (North of Pittsfield) Medium Size Swarm in afternoon. 20' from originating hive.

05-05-2016, 07:40 PM
Small swarm a little bigger than a softball in a 9' arbor vitae. Sunny and 65 McDonough county 61455.

05-07-2016, 05:22 AM
Two swarm captures today, Adams County IL, West Central IL. Temps in upper 70's light breeze, sunny. One located on a Pre-School playground piece of equipment. Second on cedar tree branch 5 ft. off ground, 10 feet from mother hive in the tree trunk. Tree estimated to be 120 YO. These were more than 20 miles from one another. Had another swarm call for Hannibal Missouri. Sent that to a local keeper in that area.

05-07-2016, 05:47 AM
24521 This is the swarm in the Cedar tree. It doesn't get much easier than this one. :)

05-12-2016, 09:00 PM
5/12/16 Nice little swarm, SE Montgomery Co.
Been cool and raining off and on for several days, with a few warm days mixed in.

04-14-2017, 06:46 PM
Small swarm hanging on the outside of one of my nucs when I got home this evening. They had just gotten rained on in a small shower before I got there. Strange, the bees were still in the nuc and the swarm looked like they were trying to get into the vent on the hivetop feeder. I'd guess 1-1/2 lbs. of bees. I didn't see the queen, but they weren't happy about being wet so I brushed them into an empty nuc and left it there for the straglers. The ones on the ground marched on in. Will check on them later tonight. I don’t think it is from my hives as we split them all last weekend except one I couldn't find the queen in, but I guess it is possible that one swarmed. Zip code 62069.

aunt betty
05-13-2017, 01:42 PM
About an hour ago I was watching a certain hive that I know is crowded. The orienting bees were trying to get into the upper entrance where they're balling up and falling down. Been going on a couple days like that. I look again and holy cow they're rolling out the lower entrance like a waterfall.
The sky was full of bees. So the wife and I are looking way up in the tall gum and black locust trees.

Got lucky and they started settling in the next door neighbors overgrown fence line. Easy catch about three feet off the ground.
Seven pounds of bees with a really good queen. (I weighed the box and bees)
(one of mine) Was hoping to catch a swarm or two to re-stock my top bar hives that died over the winter. One more to go and it's just the beginning of swarm season.

aunt betty
05-14-2017, 02:57 PM
Caught the second swarm of the year this afternoon.
Was an easy catch. Pine branch.
As I was hiving the swarm I saw the queen in the pile-o-bees. She's one of them glow in the dark ones with a blonde-yellow booty. Was looking at her going "I WANT DAT!" and she flew up onto my finger...then flew off. I was cussing then.

Went home and cooled off. I just know there's no way that queen will fly back into that hive but I left the lid open a crack just in case.

Went back about a half-hour later, looked and there she was on the bottom of the cover. I'd rather be lucky than good.

Moral: Use a spray bottle with some syrup in it to wet down the bees before you dump the swarm-box. I knew that but had to learn the lesson again.

07-10-2017, 07:51 PM
Got two swarms in swarm traps. According to the landowner, the traps were empty last week. I suspect a bit earlier, because they are full of comb and packed with honey.
Northern Illinois, Ogle County, 61010

07-11-2017, 05:31 AM
How many supers do you have on your hives and what part of the state are you in.Also when do you start extracting?

Northern IL
07-12-2017, 09:28 PM
caught a swarm on 7-9-17,shook in 5 frame box and left on tailgate to get cool drink . Must have been to hot in box they left .saw what I believed to be them 2 hour later flying in a mass and they came back to property to land 50 feet high ,they stayed a day then I saw them stirring and down to ground and I set hive in front and captured them and some cool footage

Northern IL
07-23-2017, 06:23 PM
caught 1 on 7-12-17 another 1 on 7-13-17 two different hives these are 10 &11 so far I'm running out of equipment ,the other swarms I've caught are building so fast "double deeps almost filled on new frames " I over wintered 3 hives and pulled 4 splits . I've exceeded my expectations of this hobby .This is my 7th year and had a few bad ones "learning curve "

04-22-2018, 02:14 PM
Our local bee club was reporting the first swarm of the season on April 11. I heard of a swarm on April 20, but the landowner had already called another beek. I caught a swarm of my own yesterday, April 21 and put it in a TBH. They're clustered around the entrance, and I'm expecting them to abscond once the weather clears (rainy today and tomorrow).

05-04-2018, 08:01 PM
Central Illinois, around Pana, 62557. Shook my first swarm capture today, May 4th, into a ten frame box and it filled it up! Got it home and on my stands!

05-28-2018, 09:48 AM
Northern IL, Ogle County, 61010, just south of Rockford. 3 days ago lots of scouts. Today, lots of bees bringing in pollen. Into a ten-frame deep set up as a trap on the edge of a woods, about 2' off the ground, South facing, all ten frames were inserted, so no open space, 8 of the frames were old comb, used lemon grass oil. Caught two in the same general area last year.

07-12-2018, 09:51 PM
Caught a small swarm in my trap on July 1st. It had a mated queen

06-04-2019, 12:23 PM
May 30 or 31. Northern Illinois, Ogle County. In an East-facing 10 deep filled with old comb. A few drops of lemon grass oil. On my front porch about 10' from my front door.

08-01-2019, 03:21 PM
8/1/2019. My hive swarmed. This is from the same hive I received via swarm on May 30 2019! I cut it out of an apple tree and rehived it.
Northern Illinois, Ogle County, 61010.