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05-17-2007, 04:46 AM
Hi All -
I've been combing the threads trying to "watch" the swarming season creep up from the south.
Seems like we're getting close.
As you start seeing swarms in your area perhaps you might reply to this thread so we can track the season?

A simple post of your location, weather, origin of swarm if known, and date would be great.

Thanks in advance!

06-07-2007, 07:40 PM
swarm in my own yard
1:15 pm
72 degees

06-12-2007, 03:39 AM
very small (softball sized) swarm found in trap. Unknown origin 04102

06-17-2007, 03:45 AM
6/16/07 10:30 am low 70's
very large swarm in my own yard
lured to bait hive 6/17/07 5:20 pm

07-07-2007, 10:19 PM
Swarm call from local new beekeeper 10:15 am (swarm from nuc installed approx 5/25/07). 10:45 am when I arrived swarm had moved to unknown location.
zip code 04102

05-26-2008, 07:24 PM
One swarm zip code 04005 issued and hived 5/25/08
Two swarms zip code 04102 issued and hived 5/25/08
One additional swarm zip code 04102 moved into a house through a blown in inuslation hole on 5/25/08 9:30 am approximately.
Still working on getting them back out.
Also another swarm call on 5/25/08 in South Berwick, Maine but by the time I returned the call another beekeeper was responding and retrieving the swarm.

06-05-2008, 08:09 PM
Smalish swarm ( 2-3lbs approx) landed in one of my swarm traps yesterday, 6/4/08. Queen was unmarked so from a distant hive or possibly after swarm.

06-08-2008, 07:50 PM
Temps in the high 80's here for the first time.
Swarm in Biddeford, ME 04005 hived easily
Another swarm in Falmouth Maine 04105 also hived without incident.

06-24-2008, 04:18 PM
Kennebunk,ME 04043
The hive that I thought was just replacing their queen decided to swarm today at about 11 am. They landed too high up in a tree for me to reach. We had a severe thunderstorm this afternoon which knocked a few to the ground. I guess they will be spending the night there.

06-30-2008, 02:56 AM
6/26/08 Swarm located at 87 High Street (Downtown Portland) Maine 04101
(too high to catch)

6/26/08 4th swarm caught at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, Maine 04106 (first three were on 6/20/08 and 6/22/08) These are believed to be feral bees as the campus does not have any managed colonies and the location is isolated from neighbors.

6/22/08 Swarm caught from hobby beekeeper's colony in Brighton area of Portland. Swarm and parent colony removed from site per owners request.

07-02-2008, 07:35 PM
Dover New Hampshire. This hive was started from a nuc in May. I was there to pull some frames out of the brood box to give to a slower nuc but was too late. Luckily they were low and I had an extra deep and bottom board with me.

gene travis bickford
07-08-2008, 10:38 AM
I had a swarm arrive in my empty hive on the 4th.
Pittsfield, Maine. (Central, ME)

07-28-2008, 03:26 AM
Very Large swarm in one of my outyards. 5-6 lbs of bees approx 20' in pine tree.
Hived into deep equipment several hours after issuing 7/27/08
Likely is several swarms together.

05-24-2009, 03:47 AM
Swarms Friday 5/22 at beekeeper's yard in Portland Maine 04102 and Windham Maine 04062

Happy Spring!

06-14-2009, 03:37 AM
Large afterswarm on West End in Portland 6/11/09 04102

05-15-2010, 12:00 PM
Got info on a very large swarm in Kingfield, ME. Bees are 30' high up a tree, so good luck to em'.

05-26-2010, 04:05 PM
My nuc swarmed today. Instead of fighting it out one of the queens decided to run. They ended up in a tree 25ft up. I was able to cut the tree down and hive them.

06-01-2010, 08:29 PM
Picked up 9 swarms in the last 4 days. Most all were good size.
Windham, ME

06-30-2010, 01:38 PM
Got a call this mourning, from a few towns over, med size swarm 30' up a white birch, was able to cut the tree and let it drop slowly, then vacuumed they off the trunk.

07-13-2010, 08:53 AM
July 12, Lisbon Maine. My hive swarmed, hung in an oak tree 90' up over power lines with no chance of rehiving them. They headed Southeast this AM 10:20. I watched them fly...sniff,sniff

08-10-2010, 08:00 PM
I was running the solar wax melter today, puts the great smell of old brood comb in the air, it brought a swarm right into my yard! They were up 30+ feet so I dropped the top of the tree, it landed with a thud, the bees scattered abit and then came right back.

08-06-2011, 11:36 AM
I had a nuc that I installed in the beginning of June swarm on me on July 10th up here in Maine. Hive was left with lots of brood, larva and eggs and an upper deep fully of honey so from what I've read that is the quintessential swarm.

04-24-2012, 07:21 AM
4/20/2012 swarm issued from my observation hive in Portland Maine

05-05-2012, 06:29 AM
We captured a swarm (~5 lbs) from one of our hives last Sunday (4/29/12) in Lewiston ME. Temp maxed out near 60 deg F. It had been rainy for several days and cleared up on Saturday. We performed hive inspections on Sat and couldn't find the queen in the hive that swarmed. Pretty sure she was 10 feet behind us and 14 feet up the whole time.

05-07-2012, 05:32 AM
We captured a swarm (~4-5 lbs) from our second hive yesterday (Sunday: 5/6/12) in Lewiston ME. So both hives swarmed this year. Temp was close to 70 deg F and they swarmed between Noon and 1 PM. This was pretty much a repeat of the swarm last Sunday. Rainy during the week and cleared up on Saturday. Only this time, they gathered on a hemlock branch ~8 feet off the ground. Much easier to deal with! I hope this is it.

05-07-2012, 08:11 PM
The weather was finally good today. I went to my yard located in Dover, NH and found three swarms in the same tree. I had a feeling one hive might swarm but not all three. Good thing I brought nucs with me. I was planning on taking frames to relieve the pressure anyway.

07-11-2012, 04:08 AM
Got my first swam call ever on 7/9. Palermo, Maine, warm (80 degrees) and sunny.

Very tiny swarm, probably an after swarm. About the size of a tennis ball, but I did get a new queen out of it. Added a couple of frames of bees to them and started a nuc. We will see how it does. Very easy swam to get. They were on a fence post about 4 feet off the ground.

Well I Bee
06-17-2013, 06:14 PM
Expierenced my first swarm on 6/16/13 area code 04093 buxton Maine this was from a installed package in April

06-30-2013, 05:02 PM
04468 Old Town, ME Found a swarm hanging in a birch tree about 20 feet from my bee yard. Tried to capture it, but it moved to a maple tree about 60 feet up upon being disturbed. I went through all of my hives today, and see no lack of population idea from whence it came.

Bob D
06-26-2014, 11:27 AM
My new hive from a nuc (20 days ago) swarmed yesterday just before the rain here in Jay, Maine (Near Farmington). They are in my tree and I'm trying to figure out how to get them! They are carni's.

07-10-2014, 01:47 PM
10 July 2014
78 degrees
Left one of my hives at 0930, and saw swarm head for the woods. Gone within 30 minutes.
I said, "there goes my next hive and $100 bill"
Location: Waldo County, Maine

08-21-2014, 02:24 PM
11:30 AM (Eastern)
Waldo County, Maine
4-5 lbs of bees
4 feet up from ground on tree limb
Caught 2:05 PM (Eastern)

08-21-2014, 02:26 PM
8:30 AM (Eastern)
Waldo County, Maine
3 - 4 lbs of bees
2 feet up from ground on hanging basket in garden above cucumbers
Caught 12:15 PM (Eastern)

06-06-2015, 08:23 PM
6-6-15 Watched one of my booming Russian hives sawrm off right over my head today in Scarborough ME. They were too quick for me to reel in. Dug into the hive and split out two queen cell frames. Hope they had a third in there somewhere! :-)

Andrew Dewey
06-16-2015, 04:05 AM
swarm moved into unused equipment - 6/15/15 - Jonesboro, ME Source hive not known (doesn't appear to be one of mine)

02-09-2016, 10:50 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.

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