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Barry Digman
05-18-2007, 10:54 AM
First swarm of the season 1/8/2007
weather in the 70's
Mostly black queen from the wild blue yonder (into a Gumbo Limbo tree)

Cracked conch at the Cracked Conch Cafe, fresh key lime pie, cold beer... oh yeah, swarms.

First one on 5-4-07.
More calls than usual it seemed. All of them came within a week, then it tapered off.
Sunny and warm (mid 70's)
Zip 87401.

04-16-2008, 09:14 PM
Monday April 16th 87107, North Valley, ABQ, NM

Three frames worth of bees, captured, boxed, and seem to be doing well..

Barry Digman
05-13-2008, 07:38 AM
First call of the season. It's from one of my hives that's out on an alfalfa farm. 87401. Other local beeks report no swarms so far this year.

Barry Digman
05-13-2008, 07:43 PM
Flora Vista, NM

Nice 2-1/2 lb swarm. On the ground and brush.

Barry Digman
05-19-2008, 10:14 PM
May 19, 2008
Two swarm calls. The first caller stated that they saw it in the air Saturday and it was still in the bush today. The second caller stated that the swarm was not in the yard this morning, but was there this evening. Got 'em both.

Barry Digman
04-25-2009, 09:24 AM
Three+ pounds on the gearbox of a wheel roll.

07-06-2009, 06:55 AM
I am a 2nd year beekeeper. I caught a swarm two weeks ago (June 20th maybe). I put it in a new hive body on which I had used waterproofing and Gorilla glue. It stayed almost two days, and left. July 4th one of my 2nd year hives swarmed; I caught the swarm and installed it in the hive body. Yesterday abut 6:00 p. m. I found they were gone. I found them in the same bush very close to where they were the day before. I caught that swarm again and have them in a paste board box. Does anyone know why they might be leaving the hive box? I used the waterproofing on the other four hives I have assembled, but have not used Gorilla glue before.

07-06-2009, 07:01 AM
Zip 88130, Portales, NM on the east side. Swarm dates 6/20 grapefruit sized; July 4 my 2nd year hive swarmed; I caught it; same swarm left hive box again July 5th; caught again.

Barry Digman
05-25-2010, 05:18 PM
First call of the season. Cool spring.
I suspect it's from a feral colony in a cottonwood tree that's only yards from the swarm.
Clustered on tamarisk branch 4' off ground. 4 lbs.

03-08-2011, 04:22 PM
First swarm of the season 3/6/11

zip 93314

Barry Digman
04-14-2011, 02:43 PM
First call of the season. Nice 4-5lb swarm on cedar fence. 50 degrees, windy.
Farmington, NM

04-03-2012, 12:40 PM
Collected a swarm in Rio Rancho, NM. Swarmed on April 1. The weather was in the Mid 80s. Captured on April 2, weather in the 30s with rain followed by snow.


04-07-2012, 09:52 PM
Caught another swarm this afternoon in Albuqurque, NM. Large swarm about 7 feet up in a pine tree. Warm day, in the 70s. Hived the bees as soon as we got home.

Barry Digman
04-09-2012, 02:59 PM

Ugh. Mine and I couldn't keep up.

04-18-2012, 09:53 PM
Got my 4th swarm call today in Westside of Albuquerque. Two clusters in a Sycamore tree. 9 feet and 12 feet up. Beautiful warm, sunny weather.

04-30-2012, 08:47 PM
4/30/12 - Farmington NM 87402

05-03-2012, 03:35 PM
Farmington, NM 87401 - On the branch of a tree...small swarm.

Barry Digman
05-05-2013, 04:23 PM
Medium swarm, apple tree, 6' off the ground, 87401.

Barry Digman
03-31-2014, 09:57 PM
A swarm from my own hive. Watched it but could not retrieve it.
3-25-14. Way too early.

Barry Digman
04-10-2014, 10:50 PM
Three swarms this week in Farmington NM 87401

Barry Digman
04-11-2015, 06:48 PM
First call of the season. 32nd and Western
Sunny, 68F, calm

05-01-2015, 07:36 PM
I am located in Raton New Mexico. Two days ago caught my first swarm in front of an elementary school at 3pm. Weather was clear and the temp was about 70. Bees look healthy.

05-13-2015, 07:51 PM
Raton New Mexico caught another wild swarm at about 5PM. Clear day and about 70 degrees. Lots of bees. All look healthy.


06-08-2015, 12:30 AM
6/1/15 Las Vegas, NM 87701
Basketball size swarm moved into a water heater closet on a doublewide. Owner called on 6/6/15. They had 4, 6"x6" combs built, 2 had eggs in them. Finally built a bee vac, the space was awkward enough to need one...

02-09-2016, 10:55 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.

Barry Digman
04-12-2017, 06:56 PM
Flora Vista, NM
Beautiful swarm about 20' up in a pine tree. They left before I could get back to them.
First call of the season.