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10-09-2007, 07:00 PM
Had a swarm from one of my hives this afternoon, caught and put them in a 5 frame nuc.
Never had one this late in the year.
Guess its global swarming or something.


05-05-2008, 08:16 PM
Large swarm yesterday (5/4/2008) from one of my hives. Many, many capped swarm cells in my other hive, now splits.

05-26-2008, 08:25 PM
CAMERON,MO(N.W. Missouri) 64429

06-16-2008, 08:00 PM
Picked up a small swarm from a call friday 6/13. I trapped a swarm in my field today monday6/16 Cameron,MO 64429

R Chance
04-25-2009, 07:30 PM
Cedar Hill Mo, 2 1/2- 3 lbs in a cedar fence row 4-23-08

05-05-2009, 08:10 PM

My dad caught a swarm for me this morning from one of my highly productive aggressive hives. Interesting part is that when I checked the nuc when I got home it had two virgin queens and a cluster the size of a baseball in the tree. Went to a school function and when I came back the swarm in the tree was the size of a football. I separated the virgin nuc and recaptured the swarm in a new nuc. Learning, learning, learning.:D

05-13-2009, 08:22 PM
Captured 4 swarms in the last week. The weather turned a bit warm and the rain stopped finally. More rain again arghhh

06-04-2009, 11:16 AM
Just took a swarm in southwest Missouri 6/4 Temp 60-70

06-22-2009, 06:10 PM
Caught a swarm today June 22. near Kansas City MO ....Zip 64701

Hot muggy temp around 90 light wind, it is about the size of a soccerball

04-23-2010, 03:38 PM
I got my first swarm call of the season yesterday, 4/22, here in mid-Missouri.

04-23-2010, 08:56 PM
my split swarmed


05-03-2010, 04:22 AM
May 2, Nice sized swarm on apple tree about four feet off the ground. in Calhoun Missouri. 65323

05-10-2010, 09:18 AM
First swarm was caught April 30 st louis county, caught 4 more first week of may. 2 in jefferson county 2 in st louis county. Then one of mine swarmed yesterday, I caught it.

05-13-2010, 08:56 PM

05-20-2010, 05:21 AM
I am in Troy, Missouri and have picked up swarms on the following dates:

29 May 2010 - Medium
5 May 2010 - Large
10 May 2010 - Very Large
18 May 2010 - Large
18 May 2010 - small

I have been lucky so far. All of these have stayed in the hive and are going to town building comb. We have been having a lot of rain. It has been raining for several days in a row. I have been getting calls on the first sunny day after a rainy spell. The best one was on the 18th of May. The swarm was hanging off a limb not even 3' off the ground. I held a bucket under them and brushed them off the limb into the bucket with my bee brush. So far there was only one that was high off the ground. It was about 15'. Got to LOVE IT!

05-20-2010, 01:20 PM
I just got back in the door after picking up another swarm. It was a small swarm on the seat of a riding mower. The owner said that the bees landed on his leg while he was cutting grass. He said he stopped, stood up, and stomped he foot on the ground. The bees fell off. Some flew off. Then they refromed on the seat. He left them and went in the house. He called me today beause they were still there. It is raining today and he was worried about them getting wet. So I picked them up and will give them a nice dry new place to live.

05-21-2010, 10:02 PM
Cleavland, Mo (Missouri) 64734 5-21-2010
Discovered in the afternoon, about 3-4 lbs.
75 degrees and clear with light wind


05-22-2010, 05:34 PM
One of my hives swarmed
same size as above swarm
multiple queens/cells in original, thinned down to one virgin
Harrisonville, Missouri 64701

05-22-2010, 07:52 PM
Caught my first swarm of the season the morning of 5/22/10. Got the call and they were on the head of a practice calf roping dummy in their backyard about 2-3 feet off the ground. Just swept them into the box about 2# of bees.

05-24-2010, 10:40 PM
Two more swarms, that's four in four days!!!

Yesterday 4:30 pm Odessa Missouri 64076 2-3 lb

Today got a call, swarm had been there a couple of days. It had stared to build comb under the eave of the house. 5 miles NNW of Kingsville Missouri 64061 3-4 lb

05-28-2010, 08:17 AM
Small swarm 1-2 lb in a bird feeder
East Lynne Missouri 64743
It had been there for 2-3 days and lost a lot of bees in a down pour on Tuesday.


06-06-2010, 11:49 PM
Mound City, Kansas 66056
Hived them in the dark.

06-16-2010, 12:47 PM
Maybe the bees are starting to break loose now in MO! I had two swarm calls in two days 6/14 and 6/15 both on Ft. Leonard Wood. One was small and I believe to be queenless (guys got me a bucket truck for it! Easy!) and yesterdays was a good 3-4 pounds of bees in an ornamental tree in a parking lot eye level...couldn't be easier! I even had a nice bench to sit on while waiting for the stragglers to get in. :)

06-18-2010, 10:51 AM
I've caught and hived three swarms in town this week. Two in trees 50' from each other on our court house lawn and one on the ground in a yard three blocks away.

06-20-2010, 05:57 AM
got one more head high in a tree heavy rain 6-19-2010 thats four this week

06-20-2010, 06:38 AM
Got a call but could not go. :doh:

6-19-2010 Greenwood Missouri, 64034

06-21-2010, 10:49 PM
I helped a buddy pick up a swarm that had landed in a camper and set up shop. Had to use a friends bee-vac man those a slick!!

6-20-2010 East Lynne, Missouri 64743

pretty big swarm

05-10-2011, 01:02 AM
2 swarms today, One (zip 64012)was about 4 lbs via another Beekeeper, Thanks Don, I hope I can return the favor soon!!!!
Then on the way home I had another call about 10 miles north, that one was about 2-3lbs(64137).

This is a picture of the secound one


05-12-2011, 11:26 AM
1 swarm testerday, Zip 64014 was about 6 lbs+; a big one, via another Beekeeper, Thanks Don, I hope I can return the favor soon!!!!


Kinda hard to see, It was done by flashlite right as a thunderstorm hit. It was a big one though!! That blue hose it a 1.5" pool vaccum hose that I use on my Bee-Vac. We got them in the hive before the really heavy rain started.

05-21-2011, 03:59 PM
1 swarm today,Zip 64083, Raymore, Missouri, it was about 4 lbs (we weight the bucket before and after).
sunny this afternoon Temperature-82.2 F Wind(mph) 15.9 NNE


05-23-2011, 09:19 AM

A smallish swarm (3lbs by weight) in Kansas City, MO 64109. It formed yesterday afternoon. I went this morning and got it.

07-10-2011, 10:48 AM
I picked up a swarm call last week July 3 in a guys yard up in a pine tree. Perfect weather for days. There was more bees before he gave them a bath w/ the hose but I got around 2 lbs in bee's. Downtown Anchorage,AK

04-19-2012, 08:15 PM
Had a very small swarm on the ground today about three foot in front of one of my hives. I wasn't even sure it was a swarm until I sifted through it and found the queen. I gave em a frame of honey, pollen and some nurse bees from the hive I think they came from in a nuc but as swarms go it was the most pathetic attempt I have ever seen. I would say it was about the size of a small salad plate on the ground maybe three layers of bees thick.

Was 80 degrees today and sunny. Middle Missouri location

Hoot Owl Lane Bees
04-26-2012, 07:30 PM
around 6 pm we were working out by the garage and a swarm flew over. We saw it for about 10 sec. and it was gone. ;):( We have traps all over but they must not of liked them. It was a feral swarm as we don't have any yet. I pick up our first nuc tomorrow. We looked for about an hour but when you live in the woods that's how it goes.

05-07-2012, 07:09 AM

08-27-2012, 06:03 AM
Obese-Wan, if it's not normal for bees to swarm this time of year in your area, you should get in that hive to see if some critter drove them out. That's awful. I feel for you.

Hoot Owl Lane Bees
04-07-2013, 07:07 PM
First swarm call ever. In Springfield Mo. I was not ready, so I had to go borrow a new supper from a friend and drive 1/2 hr to receive another call just as we locate the street that they took off. No sign other than a few stragglers clinging to the tree. (Mostly drones.)
I will be loading the cars in the morning.

Hoot Owl Lane Bees

Hoot Owl Lane Bees
04-16-2013, 12:08 PM
My son's caught one today 4/16/13 Forsyth Mo.65653

06-09-2013, 11:58 AM
Caught first swarm here in NW Missouri 6/8. Late spring didn't have any of my hives start superseding until now. Weird year

07-28-2013, 08:55 PM
I just was told of a swarm tonight in northeast Missouri. It's low in a tree and I will get it before the sun comes up in the morning. I don't have a good idea about estimating the amount of bees, but it looks like a good size to me. zip, 63501

Hoot Owl Lane Bees
05-02-2014, 01:05 PM
First swarm of the season.
Same tree as first swarm last year.
Branson Mo. area 65616

Hoot Owl Lane Bees
05-03-2014, 06:56 PM
Got a swarm call from Branson landing.
20' from the fountains. 5/3/14
Branson Missouri

Hoot Owl Lane Bees
05-06-2014, 07:02 AM
3rd swarm. Hanging on the bottom of a swarm trap at the end of our drive around 6 pm.. They were just starting to move in so I scooped them off and installed in a hive from the truck. About 6-7 lb. It's not one from our hives.

05-07-2014, 06:33 AM
1st swarm of the 2014 season
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
Probably issued from one of my colonies.
Found them at 4:30 pm hanging 4' up in a huge cedar tree about 15' from my apaiary
Shook them into a new box and moved them to a place on my hive stand.
About the size of two basketballs

Hoot Owl Lane Bees
06-01-2014, 05:58 PM
#4 swarm in trap about 3 miles from home.
They are bringing in pollen so they will be moved to the home yard tonight.

06-03-2014, 02:15 PM
2 Swarms on 6/2/14

1) Quincy, IL 15' up in maple tree in the middle of town. Cut the branch off and lowered them onto bed sheet on grass from which they promptly marched into nuc box. 4#

2) Saverton, MO swarm trap; 10 frame deep. Small swarm.

07-13-2014, 01:20 PM
07/10/14 Troy, MO
Large swarm on tree limb. 4-5lbs. Owner wasn't sure how long they had been there. Stormy weather earlier in week. 80-90 degs.

04-20-2015, 04:38 AM
Cassville, missouri 65625
17 April 2015
No idea where the swarm originated. Buddy answered a call from his grandfather and went to gather it up.

04-21-2015, 10:14 PM
Central Missouri, 4/17/15, a 2014 late nuc, 5 lb swarm captured in the act as she landed 6 foot away :)

04-24-2015, 05:27 AM
Collected yesterday in Jefferson City, MO an early issue swarm from one of my hives outside office. I was giving a tour to some 3rd and 4th year Missouri University vet students so got them to walk in and with swarm as it decided between a wild rose or American Holly to land in. Swarm chose the latter. Swarm was relatively large at about 5 lbs.

04-27-2015, 06:25 PM
Small swarm captured today. Owner of ground said it was present yesterday evening.


04-30-2015, 12:45 PM
Columbia, MO
caught a swarm from my hives 4/29. At least 5 pounds of bees.

05-03-2015, 02:39 PM
Caught a swarm from a newly established 5-frame nuc (after two weeks) on 4/29/2015. Had another on 5/1/2015 but it escaped before I could get it. Bourbon, MO 65441.

Hoot Owl Lane Bees
05-07-2015, 07:34 PM
Branson Mo.
One moved in to nuc on Monday 5-4-15 took it home Tuesday night. Got a call today and there was another one about the size of a foot ball in the same spot. Dumped them in another nuc and the rest marched right in.
I will be leaving another nuc there tomorrow when I pick this one up.

05-26-2015, 07:58 PM
Pittsfield IL, 5/18/15, 70 degrees, sunny, softball size swarm from tree branch. Oriel birds were flying through the swarm cluster to break them up and get a snack.
Hannibal MO, 5/24/15, 75 degrees, rainy off and on, vacuumed from tree cavity one day after swarming there. 2 lbs.

Hoot Owl Lane Bees
07-05-2015, 07:38 AM
Received a call last Sunday about a swarm in at tree.
Ran by one of my yards and garbed a swarm trap.
It was to far out and up to shake out.
We hung the trap in the tree as best we could and rebated with lemongrass oil.
They moved in and we brought them home last night.
Ozark Mo. 65721

02-09-2016, 10:52 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.

Hoot Owl Lane Bees
04-03-2016, 07:59 PM
Springfield Mo. First SWARM call of the season.
Got the call while in Church. They had moved on till I called back 1/2hr. later.
It has begun.

04-12-2016, 07:07 PM
Barry County
5 miles East of Purdy

Super simple. Stuck nuc under limb, rapt limb sharply, put lid on nuc, went home.

04-14-2016, 07:47 AM
Ballwin MO (St. Louis)

First swarm call of the season. Didn't make it in time as the swarm was gone before I could get there. Came out of an oak tree in a backyard about 10 feet up.

04-14-2016, 09:08 AM
Good sign.. I had some visitors the last few days to my traps here in St. Charles County!!

Hoot Owl Lane Bees
04-14-2016, 07:41 PM
2 swarm calls today.
#1 Ozark Mo. they took off just as my son got there and he followed them to a large tree with a 2" x 20" crack. I am going there tomorrow with a frame of brood.
#2 Forsyth Mo. 65653 large swarm about 14" up in a cedar tree. They filled the nuc.

04-15-2016, 04:14 AM
Ballwin MO (St. Louis)

First swarm call of the season. Didn't make it in time as the swarm was gone before I could get there. Came out of an oak tree in a backyard about 10 feet up.

A friend's hive swarmed Monday April 11 in Ballwin (he recovered them)
I got a basketball sized swarm yesterday April 14 in Ballwin

04-15-2016, 12:08 PM
Just picked up a swarm that was on a bush in someones front yard. They said it had arrived roughly 2 days ago (4/13/16). Belton, MO 64012 (Kansas City area)

04-16-2016, 06:38 PM
Lawrence County April 16. Largest swarm I've ever seen. I should have taken pics.

Hoot Owl Lane Bees
04-17-2016, 06:14 PM
Ozark Mo. April 17 Swarm on the side of a tree. Did not see the Queen so I grabbed a couple of handfuls and dropped them in and they started fanning. I held the the nuc against the tree and they started marching in. Picked them up 3 hrs later and brought them home (they covered all 5 frames in the nuc) and moved them into a 10 frame box.

04-19-2016, 01:44 AM
Wife was able to nab a medium/small swarm from a tree branch in Poplar Bluff today.

04-19-2016, 11:15 AM
Picked-up a nice size swarm this morning, been in the tree since last night. Didn't fit in my 5 frame deep so had to move them into 8 frame medium.

Dardenne Prairie MO. 63368

04-24-2016, 11:23 AM
They were on Pierside Dr in Dardenne Prairie. I was 15 minutes late... A lot going on in Dardenne Prairie.24221

04-24-2016, 11:25 AM
Picked-up a nice size swarm this morning, been in the tree since last night. Didn't fit in my 5 frame deep so had to move them into 8 frame medium.

Dardenne Prairie MO. 63368

They were on Pierside Dr in Dardenne Prairie. I was 15 minutes late... A lot going on in Dardenne Prairie.

04-24-2016, 04:52 PM
That would of been a nice one to snag!!!

04-24-2016, 09:45 PM
Swarm call in Hannibal today 4/24. They left before my arrival. Had them text pic to verify.

04-25-2016, 12:47 PM
Something must be going on in Dardenne Prairie 63368. Second call in two days. This time I arrived in time. Small swarm about a softball and a half in size. Had been in the tree since last night.24248

04-25-2016, 12:50 PM
It's just that time of the year, plus that area has lots of older trees which make great homes for the bees. If you get tired of catching them let me know I can take maybe two more. :-)

04-25-2016, 12:54 PM
I am running out of equipment! Looks like I will be busting out a bunch this weekend... Still have 4 packages coming in May.

04-25-2016, 08:50 PM
Checked my swarm traps last nite/today. 3 out of 6 caught this week

04-26-2016, 06:18 AM
Checked my swarm traps last nite/today. 3 out of 6 caught this week

I have two up and checked them yesterday both have activity in them, still not sure if one has moved in if so not a big catch will check them today.

04-27-2016, 10:30 PM
4/27/16 Another swarm call in Hannibal today. About 3 lbs around 4pm just after thunderstorms passed. I haven't gotten my swarm traps up yet, need to quick! I bought some Swarm Commander, gonna see if it's as magical as some say...

04-28-2016, 06:53 AM
Final got some takers to my trap at my house, small swarm but did find the queen, added a comb of stores and a frame for them to build on. Gonna let them get comfy for a few days then take them to my out yard. O'Fallon MO. 63366 (4/27/16)

http://vid39.photobucket.com/albums/e160/ArloGut/028_zpsndhtwh5b.mp4 (http://vid39.photobucket.com/albums/e160/ArloGut/028_zpsndhtwh5b.mp4)

04-30-2016, 07:03 PM
Swarm caught in St. Joseph, MO today.

04-30-2016, 11:31 PM
4/29 Swarm in Louisiana MO, call received @6pm, collected @11pm. 60 degrees with intermittent rain.
4/30 Swarm in Hannibal, MO, call received @4:30pm, collected @6:30pm, 60s with thunderstorms.

05-01-2016, 07:28 AM
Huge swarm in Wildwood MO late afternoon 4/30. Starting to hive them and severe weather moved in. Got about half in before I had to leave and get a second box and let the rain pass. Started at 5:30 and finished around 7:30. Had to scoop them handfuls at a time as they were eight feet up on the trunk of the tree.

SS Auck
05-01-2016, 07:28 PM
Swarm caught north of Columbia, mo, late afternoon 4/30. Swarm about the size of girls basketball. Dropped into a nuc for overnight. Then transferred to deep today.24393

05-03-2016, 10:31 PM
5/3 Eolia, MO Medium swarm size
5/3 Baylis, IL (Across the River) Medium size

Both were within 50' of their originating hive.

05-04-2016, 08:53 AM
5/2/16 St. Charles, MO medium size swarm on camper bumper very nice and easy boxed and left overnight.

05-04-2016, 10:29 AM
5/3/2016 Eureka MO. Swarm call that moved into an eve of home. Unfortunately I won't be retrieving this one as it is two+ stories up with a power line under the hive...

Hoot Owl Lane Bees
05-05-2016, 07:36 PM
Small swarm in Taneyville Mo. about 1' off the ground.
My son cut the limb and hived them in a nuc. His first swarm.:applause:
Had a swarm move into a trap in Branson Mo. next to the police station.
Same spot I got 5 from last year.
Nuc is home and picking up trap in the morning and placing another one in it's place.

05-05-2016, 09:01 PM
5/5 Hannibal, south of town, 60s sunny, medium size swarm, collected at 4pm
5/5 Hannibal, downtown, 60s sunny, medium size swarm, collected at 8pm

Hannibal's the place to be for swarms lately...lol!

SS Auck
05-05-2016, 09:13 PM
Another swarm. Caught at 5:30 in Centralia, very sunny and windy. shook them into a nuc and put a lid on it. waited for the rest of the bees to reform and noticed a lot of bees coming out of the nuc. The bees in the nuc had moved the lid. Had to get a flower pot to set on there. Together they are strong. while I was waiting they reformed and lid of nuc had bees fanning. I shook the rest in and shut the lid for good and took home.

05-06-2016, 09:03 PM
5/6 Hannibal, MO Small SWARMY swarm South of Hannibal. Don't think the queen was in there...could not get them to commit to the box...lol. Took away a bunch and left a bunch.
5/6 Hannibal, MO Call, small swarm Oakwood area, will get tomorrow.
5/6 Bowling Green, MO Call, could not get.
5/6 Ewing, MO Call, will try to get this weekend.

...phew...I'm about swarmed out...

05-07-2016, 07:20 AM
Bait hive has a lot of trafic in and out this morning. 4 empty hives about 50 yards away have a small amount of trafic checking them out also. First time I have seen a bee around any of the 16 traps I have out. I have no ideal if they are committed to any of the boxes cause I have never caught bees yet. Nothing there yesterday though.
Rosebud mo 63091

PS just watched the swarm move in the above box so not just scout bees

05-08-2016, 05:43 PM

Swarm moved in a bait hive at a location about 8 miles away from the one yesterday. Moved in at exactly 2 pm.
Near owensville mo 65066

Hoot Owl Lane Bees
05-11-2016, 04:11 PM
2 lb. swarn at the Titanic Museum in Branson Mo. 65616.
Around 1:00 5/11/16

06-04-2016, 06:09 PM
Swarm in trap in Drake Mo. I am not sure of when they moved in as I have not checked the trap since about the 8th of may till today on 6/4/2016. Lots of traffic at entrance. Action that I am more sure of the timing but not wether I have a swarm or just scouts. If it is a swarm, I will be a dink for sure. I know some bees stayed the night in a trap in rosebud Mo and one or two bees at the entrance all day. I will lift the lid maby tommorrow and see before I go and try to transfer the other one in drake.

For sure three swarms this year since may 7th with each being about 8 to 12 miles from each other.


PS sure hope I have 10 frames in the trap.

06-05-2016, 09:37 PM
Checked 3 of my 6 swarm traps this evening...2 traps had swarms. Guess I better look at the other 3. :-)

06-15-2016, 11:02 PM
Swarm in trap tonite. One of the two mentioned in post above struck again!

06-16-2016, 08:01 AM
6/4/16 small swarm that I was going to open the lid on dissapeared. As of 3 days ago though, say around the 13th, the same trap now has bees in it. I believe it is a pretty small swarm and am going to let it stay for about a month then look and then if it has no hope I will combine it with one of the others I have caught.
zip code 63091

08-19-2016, 08:11 AM
8/18/16 Very small swarm in SE Dade County. It wasn't much bigger than a softball. I stuck them in a nuc with drawn comb, gave them some pollen, and will feed, feed, feed. They were only 4 miles from home and 2 feet off the ground. It was worth the challenge to see if I can get them through the winter.

08-31-2016, 02:46 AM
Caught a swarm in a trap back around 8-10. Got a call today on another, but they were gone before I could get there.

03-18-2017, 07:07 PM
Not truly reporting a swarm, but split 6 hives back on the 8th, pulling the queen and 3 frames of brood/stores.

Finally warmed enough to check for queen cells, due to begin emerging Monday the 20th. Even with the cold temps, had 2 with emerged queens from swarm cells that must've been set before I split. I'd call that perfect timing!

Swarm season is upon us!

Bee Arthur
03-20-2017, 12:04 AM
I bet you were a bit nervous with queens being raised during those 20 degree nights for the last couple weeks. Good to hear the bees pulled it off despite the weather. Congrats.

Hoot Owl Lane Bees
03-20-2017, 08:24 PM
First swarm of the season.
Large SWARM in Ozark Mo. 65721
About 7' off the ground in a tree all but filed a 10 frame deep.
5-6 lbs of bees easy.
Had to scrap them in to a nuc and dump in the 10 frame box.
We moved them to a local yard.



03-29-2017, 05:04 PM
Lol. Small swarm, southern butler county. From a nuc I made in attempt to prevent a swarm March 8. She laid the box full and took to the skies. Apparently the change of scenery didn't prevent her from swarming.

If anyone finds her, don't bother bringing her back. :)

Edit: I'd like to add that I caught her in a swarm last spring. In her stay with me, I got a full colony, a nuc, and 60 pounds of honey.

03-29-2017, 05:12 PM
I have been trying to wait till a sunny 70 degree day to get back in my hives, you guys are scaring me. No scouts around my traps that I have seen. Lots of rain hanging around.

Bee Arthur
03-29-2017, 11:57 PM
I have been trying to wait till a sunny 70 degree day to get back in my hives, you guys are scaring me. No scouts around my traps that I have seen. Lots of rain hanging around.

My sentiment exactly. But I was walking by a beekeeper's house today...he was in one of his hives. I asked him how his bees are doing. He said (in a half-panic) the hive was full of swarm cells.

But the weather has been kinda crappy and I haven't seen a single bee at my swarm traps yet. So I figured I was safe for a few more days. Hopefully they hold off until I can get into them on Sunday.

Hoot Owl Lane Bees
04-02-2017, 07:34 PM
5 - 6 lb swarm close to Rogersville Mo. today around 2:00.
69% and partly cloudy, with rain coming this evening.
All but on the ground in a forsythia bush.
I took a drawn frame and pushed it in to the cluster and they started walking/covering it.
About an hr, later we closed them up and brought them home.
It started drizzling half way home.

04-07-2017, 05:18 PM
Tiny swarm today in Troy Mo. https://www.beesource.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=32048&stc=1

04-07-2017, 05:42 PM
Looks like you got them to march right in. Cool. Speaking of cool, was the temp around 63 degrees?

Hoot Owl Lane Bees
04-07-2017, 08:31 PM
I was going through 5 hive in the only yard I did not check last weekend.
1 hive was Queen less. ( received 2 frames w Queen cells)
The other 4 had lots of Queen cells.
I made up 4 nucs with 3-4 Q cells each that will get split tomorrow.
Also had a large swarm on the fence about 20' from the hives that FILLED a nuc box.
I gave it to the son of the land owner who is getting 3 packages next Saturday.
We installed them at his yard about 2 hrs later and they love there new home.

This was in Ozark Mo. around 2:30 on 4/7/17

04-07-2017, 09:18 PM
Supposed to be 75 degrees tommorrow and 80 sunday. Good excuse to look for mushrooms and swarm traps. Fingers crossed.

04-08-2017, 03:01 AM
Supposed to be 75 degrees tommorrow and 80 sunday. Good excuse to look for mushrooms and swarm traps. Fingers crossed.

There are days (whole months actually) when I envy you southerners! We have a frost warning tonight. SHould be about the last one.

04-08-2017, 06:46 AM
Received a swarm call last night at 6:00 heading out that way this morning hopefully they are still there..

04-08-2017, 06:36 PM
Got lucky and they were still there, about two lbs. Easy catch brought them to the yard.
St. Peters Mo.https://www.beesource.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=32080&stc=1

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04-08-2017, 06:48 PM

04-09-2017, 07:51 PM
small swarm, Hawk Point, MO

Hoot Owl Lane Bees
04-10-2017, 06:11 PM
Ozark Mo. 911 dispatch called around 1:45 today.
A swarm was clustered on the front of a house.
Could not reach my son as he was on the mower about 1 mile from the location.
My daughter was home so she went.
She was to late as they had moved on.

04-13-2017, 03:46 PM
Swarm in cedar by hives. Seen one bee and a wasp fighting at a bait hive entrance and so walked down to my hives. The cedar left of my hives.


This is what I saw.


This is where I put them.


With two shakes already in the box and what I thought was some fanning and flying to the box I wasn't sure because of this.


I shook one more time and when I left the branch seemed empty.

I put a brood frame in the hive that I saw a few open larva on before shaking. I broke a whole comb off and had to tie it in the frame while looking for the brood comb. (over excitement? Ha ha). I am no judge of bees but can say this swarm was bigger then all three put together that I caught last year. I gave them to my mentor cause I like being ahead better then being behind and I might still need to abuse him a tiny bit. He will pick them up at dark. I have no doubt when he moves them that he will ruin the work they do between now and then. I already ruined some cause they were festooning a full frames worth of bees from the inner cover when I replaced the tree combs I had out to hive them. I SURE HOPE THIS DIDN'T COME FROM ONE OF MY HIVES

04-13-2017, 04:08 PM
Oh what fun gww. I have already added room and given empty frames on the nest edge in a couple of my biggest colonies. Several of them are going strong and I hope to keep them from swarming in the next couple months. Congrats on the catch, unless of course their yours. My bees are right behind you. I have only one trap out, but planned a few more. No time for it lately.

04-13-2017, 05:17 PM
I just fliped all the boxes on all but one of my hives and I had got the brood comb from the swarm from it and did not see any QCs. My biggest hive has queen cells, lots of them. However they are still open and you can still see the larva and royal jelly in them. We are going to mess with them sunday or monday and they should be capped. Of course I take some risk of having a swarm from that hive between now and them. The guy that got the swarm said he would be happy if I kept the swarm and he could have some cells. I told him come over and help me with the cells and you can have both. The only other possibility of the swarm is it could have come from the hive I looked at by myself and maby had the queen and virgin in it before it swarmed and that is why I might not have seen any cells. I didn't go through the whole hive and so maby there were some that I am not seeing. I think right now that it came from somewhere else. I am not very smart though. I am second guessing the waiting untill sunday or monday with out moving the queen in the one with queen cells. This guy didn't act like it would be a problim but the more I think about it, I should do something. I might just go with what he says and not worry about it no matter what happens.
I guess I will not answer anymore on this thread about it cause I think this is more for posting swarms with out too much clutter and my excitement has caused me to break that ideal but I will have to start a differrent thread if I really decide I need help on this.
Thanks for the support.

04-14-2017, 06:45 AM
First swarm today. One of my larger hives swarmed today. Caught 'em!

04-18-2017, 04:49 PM
Just lucked out and caught a small swarm. It was near my hive, but the hive seems steady and active? I have found two other feral hives nearby (one in a walnut and one in a cherry tree). Maybe it was from them. I was giving the girls plenty of room in my hive. Hopefully, the new-bees will stay:) I'm such a rookie.

04-18-2017, 05:11 PM
fun huh?

Hoot Owl Lane Bees
04-18-2017, 08:54 PM
Got a call from one of my wife's co workers about a swarm hanging from a bush along the walking trail at Shadow Rock Park Forsyth.
It filled a 5 frame nuc.
It was DARK till I got 99.99% of them in the hive.
Then we stopped for Ice Cream on the way home, the wife and daughter were glade they went.

04-18-2017, 08:59 PM
hoot owl
Current swarm king of this thread.

Hoot Owl Lane Bees
04-19-2017, 07:05 AM
Thanks gww
I have caught 5 swarms in the last 4 days and I have not had time to check my swarm traps.
I had to reload the car with nucs as I even used the one my son had in Ozark.

04-19-2017, 07:54 AM
Hoot owl
I caught a mouse in one of my traps, Does that count?

Hoot Owl Lane Bees
04-24-2017, 08:37 PM
Ozark Mo. 65721
2 swarms on the fence at one of my out yards.
Land owners son called and informed me.
I called my daughter and told her to grab another nuc and go get them.
She hived her first 2 swarms at the same time.:applause::thumbsup:
One about soft ball size. (she left it in the yard on the stand)
One about the size of a soccer ball. (she brought it home)
When I went to move it from the cardboard nuc it was empty.:eek:
She was up set till I told her they moved in to the Queen less hive right beside it.:D
I was going to put a frame of brood in it tonight anyway.:)

04-24-2017, 08:41 PM
hoot owl
Your still the swarm king. I was hopeing today and spent three hours watching some scouts at one of my traps and walking around and looking just incase something was hanging from one of my hives. No bite yet.

04-25-2017, 11:02 AM
Haven't caught any swarms lately, but I do have two colonies now in my traps and will bring them to the yard this weekend!!

05-05-2017, 10:57 AM
After a full week of rain and the first day that is supposed to get to 70 degrees and from my hive dang it.


5/5/2017 and I just got done hiving it. Gotta learn to keep them in the box.

05-05-2017, 11:33 AM
Yeah, blessed with bees you are.

05-06-2017, 10:56 AM
From the same hive as yesterday, this;


and this;


makes this;


Which makes this;


Dang it, ha ha.

05-11-2017, 03:28 PM
Got a swarm in a trap today 5/11/2017. I lifted the top and the feed sack that I am using as an inner cover and saw a few heads sticking up and I don't think it is very big but will know more tomorrow when I put it in a medium hive body. I watched the scouts yesterday but did no see when they moved in today. Move them tonight.

05-11-2017, 08:21 PM
I had whole nests of mice in two of mine and ants in the rest.

It's been either rainy or very windy most of the last six weeks.

05-11-2017, 08:48 PM
I leave my traps out all year, when I baitied in the spring, I had at least 50% mouse infestation. I have had ten percent reinfestation. I opened the top of the swarm I caught today and there were probly two million ants mixed with the bees. I will be surprized if the bees live till I transfer them tomorrow. I think it is a very small swarm.

05-11-2017, 09:14 PM
What do you do when you get ants or mice? I dumped the ones with mice out and left them spread to let the rain clean them. The ones with ants I cleared out as much as I could and moved ten yards or so.

05-11-2017, 09:32 PM
I just dump the mice and bait them. I have not seen the ants before but I did put a new trap where the old one was. I do think the rain has something to do with the ants. I know the bees moved in with them there. I though maby the feed sack had something to do with it but mostly I think the rain. My hives at home get ants pretty bad but I have never seen anything like to night. In the hives it does not seem to bother the bees to bad. The mice will make the hole bigger if they need to if the trap is unattended for too long. I just do the scatter bomb approch and just put up even more traps and hope it counters my sloppyness. I get wasp also.

05-13-2017, 06:47 AM
What is funny, yesterday I checked my traps and one has a big ole snake in it. I thought about dumping it but then just decide, heck with it.

The last swarm I mentioned on this thread ended up being about the size of a soft ball, maby a tiny bit bigger. This was during the day when the foragers were out of the hive.

05-19-2017, 04:19 PM
I could be wrong cause I did not take the lids off but I have 6 traps that are spread out over 200 acres and 4 of them have at least scouts. It would seem kind of funny to all happen in one day but I think that two of them actually have the swarms already moved in. My plan is to pick up at least one tonight and I will just put my ear to it and if I hear buzzing, I am going to bring it home. I

only have one extra trap made up and will exchange it when I pick this one up and then exchange that one for the one I pick up tommorrow. I could be wrong and the bee have not moved in yet but the action on one started yesterday and I am not seeing the flying around the hives but more just going to the entrance.

Its at my mom and dads and so if I waste a trip, it still won't be wasted. T

he one I am picking up tonight is a trap that caught last year and I let them get some comb and it all collapsed while moving. I now have made the frames solid but it is on a high line and very rough with an atv.

If both are full, I will be using the last of my built tops and bottoms or close anyway. In an emergency, I still have two long langs sitting in my apary. I will have to start taking traps out of service or build more if I catch very many more.

If both are full, I will have "trapped" three this year just like last year. Not great for 16 or so traps but the year aint over and some of the traps will need work bad.

Ps I have checked these traps almost daily since seeing one bee at a trap that now does not have action at it about a week ago.

05-21-2017, 03:18 PM
Turns out my last post is only good for one little bitty swarm but scouts are still working a couple of the other traps. Oh well, better then nothing and still some hope for more. Except for the very first one, my swarms are getting smaller and smaller.

05-21-2017, 03:30 PM
I found one of my colonies in swarm mode (second one) with some capped cells, so I did a controlled swarm and made a nuc with the queen, culling down the cells to 2.

05-21-2017, 03:56 PM
I have one hive that has not swarmed yet and I did not look at every frame or look a the bottom of every box but I think I am still ok on it and I added another super for them to draw on and under supered the top two supers. I think "knock on wood" that it is not going to go. I have seen a lot more action this year on the traps that did not pan out. I don't get that compared to last year.

06-03-2017, 06:47 AM
Wife caught 3 swarms this week in traps. 2 dinks, 1 good. Been a slow year. Guessing the march freeze killed many of the wild hives.

06-03-2017, 08:16 AM
I have taken the tops off traps three times over the last two weeks only to find that it is still scouts and I have not caught yet. Good on your catches.

Providence Hills
06-08-2017, 04:26 PM
My grandson called the office on May 25th and said there were bees swarming in the yard. I went home and there was a swarm about 20 yards from my hive in a brush pile in gooseberries! I took the cutters and had cutter and cut out an area and sprayed some sugar water on the hive. Then took a deep box and sparyed the sides and frames. Cut the clusters off the gooseberries and shook them in the box. The box was on the ground as were many of the bees. It took about an hour for all of them to go into the hive. I then carried the deep with the bees back out to the open and put them on two cinder blocks. It was rainey for a few days so I put on a honey super and am feeding sugar water to help them to fill out the frames with new wax so the queen can lay. Now it is hot and dry but I want to take off the sugar water soon. The bees were working the persimmon trees until they dried up in the past few days. Last year the bees were working the dutch clover but this year has avoided it??? Now I have two hives, but it looks like 2/3 or more swarmed out of my hive. Two much honey and not enough room for brood. I put on a honey super on April 8th and May 8th. Took off the top super after they swarmed. This is Carroll County/Livingston County line in North Central Missouri - Swam date May 25th. - large swarm.

Hickory Point Hollow
07-14-2017, 12:37 PM
Picked up two swarms yesterday. Both about 2-3 lbs. First one on the side of a building around 7' high - cooperated nicely and went into a nuc box with persuasion. Second one was a sight for all beekeepers. I was putting the first caught swarm in a box there in my yard - saw a huge amount of bees in the air over my driveway. My heart sank and I went over and looked at my 2 established hives and they seemed content and the bees were not coming from there. In about 3 minutes all bees had settled in a hickory tree up about 20' in my driveway - feral swarm that had flown in and landed about 30 feet from my hives. After some deliberation and ladder attempts - I cut the branch and bounced the swarm off the ground. They of course flew around and I brought them a nuc box with a frame of brood. They settled in for about a half hour but then regathered and flew around my driveway for 20 minutes and re-settled on a fence post not 5 foot from my two existing hives. I waited until dark and feathered them back into the nuc box and put some feed to them. They were still there this morning when I went to work. What a blessing! I am not sure if I got the queen on the second swarm but would guess I did on the first one as they all wanted in the nuc box. Swarms caught between Knob Noster and Green Ridge MO on 07/13 between 3-8pm.

Hickory Point Hollow
09-12-2017, 08:22 AM
Small swarm settled on a horsetail weed stalk on 9/10 about twenty yards from my hives. I would guess it was a small swarm cast of my hives. I cut the weed down and dropped it in a nuc box with four frames of brood I pulled from another hive with 3 deeps on it. It will be interesting to see how they do this late in the season. Not sure yet if I will combine them or try to overwinter in a nuc box.

Grappling Coach
04-13-2018, 04:56 PM
I got a swarm call on April 5 south of Branson. I also had a swarm trap occupied on April 13 between Branson and Springfield

04-18-2018, 10:26 PM
Medium sized swarm in a rotten pallet 4-17. From the looks of them, they'd been there a few days. Pretty sure they originated from some hives returning from almonds 1/2 mile away.

04-25-2018, 05:33 PM
Moved my daughters hives to the home yard last night, one swarmed today while I was working others.

Got a call today at 2 about a swarm in Poplar Bluff. Overfilled a 5 frame nuc.

Both were kind enough to settle on branches head high.

Hickory Point Hollow
04-27-2018, 06:21 AM
First swarm of year for me. West Central Missouri - west of Sedalia, near Green Ridge. Likely off of one of my hives. Settled on a wood fence post 4' off ground. I overwintered 6 hives and had already split them all......had 14 hives/splits sitting there so I am not sure if it was mine or one that came in. Brushed them right into a deep box, pulled a frame of brood and another of honey from the other hives to hold them and put them on syrup. I guess its time....I was not ready for them yet but glad I had already split.

Hickory Point Hollow
04-30-2018, 08:50 AM
4/28 Saturday - Had three swarms around my land! First one found at about 1 pm on a fence post around my dry lot about 20 ft from my hives. Put it in a nuc. Noticed a second swarm hanging off a tree branch about 25 yards west of my hives in the dry lot. Nuc boxed it as well. My son found the third swarm about 70 yards north of the house - good sized swarm and went ahead and put it in a 10 frame deep. Put a frame of brood with each to anchor them and started on syrup.
4/29 Sunday - Another swarm hanging off my ladder near my hives - put it in a nuc box. - This makes the 5th swarm in 4 days around my yard. I had already aggressively split my 6 hives that I overwintered.....only thing I can think is some of my virgin queens were off taking mating flights and did not return correctly....

Hickory Point Hollow
05-02-2018, 06:41 AM
5/2 Tuesday - Another swarm this morning about 20 yards from my hives. Missed it last night but glad it was still hanging out....put it in another nuc box. Seems a swarm that hangs out all night somewhere is a little more irritated when you disturb then as compared to a swarm you catch the same day they form.

05-02-2018, 06:51 AM

Seems a swarm that hangs out all night somewhere is a little more irritated when you disturb then as compared to a swarm you catch the same day they form.
Not always, I got stung four times walking around one that I had just hived after I had watched it leave the hive tops 20 min. prior. I did some how kill quite a few bees with the way I put them in the box though. This was last year. Still nothing here yet.

Hickory Point Hollow
05-04-2018, 09:02 AM
another swarm last night over my lagoon - 7th one in 8 days - I guess everyone should not split like me - seems it induced swarming.....I am out of inner covers and frames - went from 6 hives split down to 13 and caught 7 - have 20 currently - hopefully my frames come soon.....

Hickory Point Hollow
05-07-2018, 07:43 AM
swarm 8 last night 5/6 - large swarm about 30' high. I ended up "fishing" them out of the tree. I utilized a 50' section of parachute cord and tied a rock on one end. I put about 20' in a loose circular lasso fashion in my left and and threw the rock over the branch the swarm was on and it pulled my cord over the branch with about 5' off the ground. I then tied a medium frame that I extracted last year and poured some syrup on it. I pulled the loose end and raised the frame directly into the bottom side of the swarm against the branch. I waited 5 minutes and had a nice frame full of bees. I gently lowered the frame down to about 5' and shook them into a nuc box. I repeated about a dozen times and got the swarm.....No ladder, no climbing. Took me a while but I got them safely - other than about throwing my shoulder out.....

05-07-2018, 10:16 AM
Sounds like hard work but good job.

Bee Arthur
05-11-2018, 06:53 PM
Big swarm today, 11 May, out of a hive I split last weekend. My first (known) swarm of the season. They flew away before I could devise a way to get them out of the trees. Sucks to see so many bees disappearing into the forest.

05-15-2018, 04:10 PM
I am pretty sure I had a swarm move in a bait hive today. I was wrong one time last year but am going to pick the trap up at dark with out looking in it earlier. I will post if it is a mistake. It was 8 or 9 miles from my house. I stopped and looked at another trap that is about 5 miles from me and seen a few scouts around that one. I did take the top off that one and had not catch.

This is the first swarm activity that I have seen this year. I am pretty sure of the first trap being a catch and think I caught the tail in of the swarm entering the trap cause it was a steady stream of bees flying right in the entrance. I did not see any foraging activity but only stayed 15 min and could be wrong but do not think so.
I will know for sure tomorrow on wether I have egg on my face or not.

05-31-2018, 11:36 AM
I got to my bee yard area early this morning and was startled to see a good size swarm on the fence 5 yards from the nearest hive. I haven't found out where it would have come from my hives yet, and am 75% sure it didn't, unless I missed a hive in the last inspection. I looked in the couple under suspicion when I thought about which one it could have been.

I took a frame of brood from a colony real close and got them started into the box. I had to hold the box in place for 30 minutes while it rested on a barb wire strand and they marched into the box. Over 2/3 of them are in the box by now.


Notice the hive tool bridge to give more traffic lanes.


04-29-2019, 02:58 PM
I have been smooshing swarm cells the past week, had a few with jelly in them too, probobly would have had a capped one by now if I hadnt gotten it last week.

04-29-2019, 05:27 PM
You want to increase the size of your apiary (from another post). Why are you smushing queen cells? Make splits with them.

04-29-2019, 06:05 PM
I am wanting to get maximum honey harvest before I split, I figure if I delay them as long as possible then pull supers and split that would be the best balance between more honey and more bees.

04-29-2019, 06:09 PM
As long as you have plan, go for it. Sometimes people cull all the queen cells because that is what they were told to do and they do not realize there are other options.

04-29-2019, 07:47 PM
yep I did two splits early in the year last year from swarm cells, I just wan't to get more honey this year, all my friends and family are asking me almost every day.

05-11-2019, 09:55 AM
Boxed a buddy's swarm at Smithville, 5/10/19.

05-21-2019, 03:09 PM
I've been setting traps for three years and finally caught my first swarm! Tiny thing, maybe in there for three or four days. It will be interesting to see what they become this year!


05-25-2019, 08:31 PM
First swarm of the year today. Brother looked yesterday and no action.
Party out here today and the guys setting up the tent did not even know the bees were there.
This is the setting with about 40 or so people milling around though maybe not all there when the swarm showed up.
There are 5 traps on this two hundred acres and the bees picked this trap where there is usually more action from people then the other traps.
Just goes to show that they are not afraid.

05-26-2019, 11:13 AM
I intervened on two swarms in progress here over a week ago on May 17th.