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Steve C
05-26-2007, 04:58 PM

Currie, NC 28435

2 to 3 very full frames into a 5 frame nuc..... clustered on a maple branch about 12 foot up.....

All doing well so far......?

06-28-2007, 11:12 AM
I'm disgusted. Checkerboarded on 2/28. Caught someone else's swarm on 3/27. Checkerboarded again on 4/2. 2 swarms issued on 4/21. hived them. 5/29 another swarm. Hived them, but they left. 6/1 checkerboarded again.
6/8, 6/12, 6/19, 6/21, 6/24 and today, 6/28 all swarms which either settled 50' up or flew into the woods. Nine bloody swarms this year! Checkerboarding has always worked for me in the past--I've had only one swarm in the past three years and that was the one I hadn't checkerboarded. It wouldn't be so bad if I had been able to retrieve them and I wouldn't mind if I thought they'd make it on their own. But between the county mosquito spray truck and the people around here who just love their insecticides. . .Breaks my heart.

07-27-2007, 08:40 AM
soccer ball swarm
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
82 degrees, sunny

10-07-2007, 07:01 PM
My bees swarmed this afternoon, I rehived them and will recombine in a few days

03-21-2008, 04:20 AM
Location: Fuquay Varina, NC 27526
Date: 19 March 2008

small swarm from a split I made to prevent swarming. ;) interesting they swarmed a couple hours before a large storm that was moving in. plenty of stings on that one.

04-02-2008, 09:49 PM
First swarm April 1, 2008 in NC 28655....about 40 feet high in small pine tree. Cut tree down and hived swarm!

04-09-2008, 12:07 PM
Zip 27377
April 9, 2008 approx 1:45 PM. Mostly sunny and between 65 and 70 degrees.
Hived my first swarm today, unfortunately one from my hive. But its in the another hive ...for now.

04-09-2008, 05:55 PM
27410--about 5:00 p.m., today, sunny, 70 degrees. Nice swarm about a foot and a half off the ground and about ten feet from a friend's hive. He helped me get them into a five gallon bucket to take home and was not upset because the did not look like "his" bees.

04-09-2008, 08:31 PM
28655 on 04/09 , nice swarm, think they came from a neighbors hives 2 houses up, 2nd to come to my beeyard. Don't think mine have swarmed yet...

04-12-2008, 04:05 AM
All swarms in Fuquay Varina, NC (zip 27526)

March 26th
April 1st
April 4th
2 on April 7th
April 11th

04-15-2008, 07:00 PM
Three today. two about a gallon worth and one that is about 4 gallons. Zip Code 28655

04-16-2008, 10:05 AM
one last Tues., Apr. 8 in High Point, NC
One this Tues., Apr. 15, in Randleman, NC

04-16-2008, 09:16 PM
Wednesday April 16 around 2:00, large swarm. Captured and in box! Look to be doing well! Area code 28655

04-17-2008, 07:18 AM
April 16 1:30 pm Chapel Hill (27514) 7lbs of bees about 20 feet up in pine tree. Sunny weather, 68 degrees, calm winds.

Small bees-thinking natural cell or ferals.

04-17-2008, 01:09 PM
4-17-08, 2 swarms went into one, saw 2 queens in box. One was real large, other was smaller. Both in 1 box now....I guess they will figure it out. Went from downed tree to a small dogwood and then back to downed pine in beeyard. 3rd swarm removed from that tree. 2nd swarm went to tall oak and then back to hive. Then went and combined with 1st in the downed tree! Weird??? Area code 28655

04-24-2008, 01:58 PM
I am in central NC, Just had my first swarm of bee keeping. April 24th 2008. swarmed about 10:30 am. It was a nice sunny morning with temperatures around 65.

05-08-2008, 02:23 PM
Had a large swarm come right in front of my ambulance on Tuesday 5/6/2008 had to be close to 30,000 in it while I was on duty. They headed south towards Mooresville NC in very large cloud.:cool:

06-30-2008, 08:50 PM
Here we go again. I just split this hive 2 weeks or so ago. Oh well.

08-02-2008, 07:25 AM
I have two hives, one strong one just doing ok. The weaker hive swarmed last night about 7pm. They were gathered in a ball on top of the stronger hive and by the time I got my smoker started they were all swarming around waaaay up in an oak tree. Now they sit there in a ball about 60 - 80 feet up. I made an impromptu hive out of a honey super and put below them but I doubt they'll take the bait. Oddly, I found no swarm cells in either hive and pollen is coming in nicely to both.

08-26-2008, 02:02 PM
Had a swarm on 8/21. Caught em & hived em. Thought all the hives were nice & roomy, so it was a surprise.

J.T Bees
10-21-2008, 12:58 PM
Caught one last night up in an eve (thanks to my beevac). It was about the size of a volleyball. Hived them in a nuc. I"m gonna have to go wild on feeding them for them to make it!

03-23-2009, 06:26 PM
march 23 - had a large hive and it swarmed today - put them right in another hive and they are doing just fine - the swarm was 10 ft away from the other hives - i was just lucky to get them - and i have another big hive taht i bet will swarm soon as well

04-19-2009, 04:55 PM
One of my hives swarmed on Friday. I have had mixed luck keeping a swarm and can use some advice on this one. Fortunately I had an empty hive body with foundation all ready. I cut the swarm loose from the tree branch and dropped it in a screened box and covered it. I then turned it upside down (screen side on top) on my hive body and pulled the divider out. The hive bottom had a stopper so the bees couldn't get out. I covered the hive with a hive top and moved it 1/2 a mile away and after 24 hours took the stopper out. Bees seem to be staying in it so far, but when I open the top, there is still a big cluster of bees up at the top on the screen. What is the best way to get them to move down into the hive body so I can remove the screen box and get the branches out? And - what should I do with my next swarm?

04-21-2009, 02:35 PM
Average size swarm on 4-20-09 at 27514.

09-16-2009, 04:18 PM
saw one fly away 9-14-09
wish I could of gotten them
don't see how they'll make it through winter


Steve C
03-30-2010, 12:05 PM
12:00 noon ish.....
75 Clear sunny day
Near Wilmington,NC
about 4 lbs swarm from my hive.... got it and put in new hive... with drawn out comb

man I hope it stays.....

04-01-2010, 11:42 AM
So far my girls are not trying to swarm....but my stepdaughter just texted me with news of a swarm in a tree at school. Charlotte, NC(just a few minutes from downtown is where her school is), about 12.30. Some lucky beek was already on the scene taking care of business :thumbsup:

If she can ID the tree they were on, I'll update this.

04-03-2010, 03:06 PM
Caught a swarm on 4-01-10 on a tree, only had a bucket, and a towel with me. That was fun.

04-03-2010, 06:41 PM
caught swarm from own apiary on 4/2 in afternoon @ 85 degrees, beautiful day. volleyball size. noticed that swarm cells are being built on bottom deep frames this year compared to between double deeps. I use screened bottoms and leave mite board in until mid april.

04-08-2010, 06:58 PM
4/8/10 Eastern North Carolina. 80 degrees and sunny/ windy

05-09-2010, 07:20 PM
5-9-10: Got a beach ball size today, probably 8 to 10 pounds. Filled a deep up quickly.

05-13-2010, 08:31 PM
5/13 - 28083. my first was in a bush in Bret Bodines front yard

06-16-2010, 08:07 PM
NC 28782 June 16th , Sunny in the high 80's
Actually drove through a swarm today! Incredible. Turned the car around and they were gone:s. I ran home and set up my hive! (but they didn't find it)

04-01-2011, 07:53 PM
caught a #7 swarm in concord,nc 28025?

04-03-2011, 01:26 PM
the swarm I caught friday swarmed again 4-3-11. caught them again

apis maximus
04-04-2011, 09:19 AM
April 03, Verona NC, zip 28540...beautiful sunny day, 68-70 F.Medium size swarm, started swarming as we watched the hive, talking about bees...:eek:...buzzing and creating a cloud of bees, they've got up into an old maple tree around some mistletoe, aprox 25 feet up...tough to get to. The owner got to it with a bucket/pole combo, and was able to shake maybe a quarter of the bees. Too many branhes in the way...Placed them in a nuc with a few drawn frames, and as we watched, in less than 20 minutes the rest of the bees started to fly from up the maple tree into the nuc box...Amazing stuff:)

04-06-2011, 04:10 PM
One of my hives swarmed today. Jacksonville, NC 28546. Called fellow beekeeper who came and got it.

Steve C
04-08-2011, 07:53 PM
2 Swarms today this morning 10am ish Apr 8 2011

Both swarms min of 4 Lbs each, cut out of tree limbs within 500 ft of hive's.
Both on "Honey Super Cell" and Pierco full drawn out comb with a little honey left in it.
checked on them this afternoon and they both were Orientating in front


04-11-2011, 05:27 AM
Western NC My largest hive swarmed april 10. 11 days ago there were NO queen cells. I was supposed to go through them after I ran an errand. husband called while I was out and told me they were swarming.

12 ft up in a norway spruce with wild rose brambles throughout. thanks, girls.
I learned to climb a ladder with a chainsaw in a bee suit.

They were about 2.5 basketballs worth. I only had a top bar hive around, so that is where they are.

NOW I understand the difference between swarm cells and seeing queen cells. They did have a weird pattern of laying going on and didn't know what that meant. :doh:

04-13-2011, 01:04 PM
~ 4lb swarm, 70 degrees, breezy, sunny and beautiful day. 1st swarm of season that I know of for my apiaries.

04-14-2011, 05:12 PM
Caught a feral swarm on 04-07 at a blue berry farm I had some hives at. The owner said he had seen some bees coming out of a wooded area before I had brought my hives over so i set up a deep with a few frames and top/bottom of plywood with just 2-3/4" holes drilled in the front. I came back 3 days later and there was a colony in it. I didn't expect this but am glad to get it. The queen had laid in a couple of the frames plus 2 combs they drew that were hanging from the inside of the top. I took theses combs off the top and put them into a single frame. I got lucky not to loose the queen because there was one frame i had installed with the box that had the majority of eggs/brood in it and I was looking for the queen and it slipped out of my hand and one side dropped and hit a hive body and all the bees flew off this frame. I thought the queen would still be light enough to fly but I suppose she was in another area that I was able to put in the new hive. I don't know what the size of the swarm is but they are easily covering 5-6 frames of eggs & brood the queen has laid in. I filled the box with 10 frames with 3 that are plain foundation. They have not drawn this out and this surprises me. Other swarms I've gotten would draw out a frame a day easily???
It is just the beginning of the flow here and I am wondering if I could still get a bit of honey off this swarm. The queen is laying wall to wall so maybe there will be enough bee to fill a 2 deep hive in 30 days or so and I could try putting a super on?

04-14-2011, 07:54 PM
my own swarm 4/13 and again my own swarm different hive 4/14

04-15-2011, 04:12 AM
4/14, Apex, NC
~4-5lb swarm, 10ft up in pine tree around 7pm.
was helping a new beekeeper split a hive that swarmed on 4/13. found 4 virgin queens, one flew so we split into three hives. counted 15 swarm cells. when split was complete noticed the secondary swarm about 30 feet away. large swarm for secondary.

04-15-2011, 11:54 AM
I forgot in my last post....First Swarm 4/2/2011 probably my own bees Raleigh/Garner NC

04-19-2011, 06:28 PM
I got a call today about a swarm. I went to the call and there was a large swarm about 7' off the ground on the limb of a dogwood. It was the ideal situation. All I had was cardboard box and I took the limb, shook off the bees and hived them back at my house in a deep super with drawn comb.

04-19-2011, 07:26 PM
2 swarms today, sunny, around 80 degrees. one was around 3lbs and the other a solid 6lb swarm.

04-24-2011, 10:22 PM
Had a hive of Russian bees swarm two days ago in Western NC. Was not able to recover them.

Tryon, NC 28782

04-28-2011, 08:10 PM
Caught one of my own swarms today....after coming home from the bee supply store. About 20 feet up above the hive they left.Too bad they didn't wait til Sunday, would have been my daughters birthday party! Glad to have caught them as the Tulip Poplars are about to bloom here!
Edgemont, NC 28611

05-06-2011, 07:22 PM
4lb swarm on side of house, bout 20ft up. had a couple small pieces of comb built. salisbury,nc

09-25-2011, 09:50 PM
9/24/11 Morganton, NC Had a swarm move into empty hive body from a last winter dead out. The weather has been cooling down and we have had 3 plus inches of rain over the last several days. The swarm is of unknown orgins.

09-28-2011, 08:13 AM
9/27/11 Morganton, NC Caught a small swarm grapefruit sized swarm. They will be combined with larger swarm from 9/24/11.

10-09-2011, 07:09 PM
Zip 28401. I've not heard of a swarm this late but got a call for a football size swarm in a shrub. Easy free bees

Riff Raff
02-24-2012, 11:38 AM
Just had my first swarm today. One hive, temperature was about 75 degrees Fahrenheit at 0830, I will post a separate thread later when I get my pictures from my YL. Location, Eastern North Carolina. Origin:my hive in the backyard.

03-09-2012, 08:08 AM
Even though I did my best efforts at swarm control this year;
I had a huge swarm today 3/9/2012 in zip code 27603.

Todd Eury
03-10-2012, 05:16 PM
Early for us. I checked the other hives and removed a queen and brood because of a swarm cells. I supered the other hives on Thursday and went back and looked to see if they were drawing it and one of the hives had drawn out six frames in two days.

Todd: is this the normal time of year for your area? Are you early? Just wondering.

03-13-2012, 11:42 AM
5lb swarm, UNC Law School, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. 11:30 am. 68 degrees, Sunny. 10 ft high in a holly tree.

apis maximus
03-14-2012, 06:08 PM
Zip 28546 Jacksonville, NC, one hive swarmed on me at approx 10 AM, sunny, 72 F. They got way up in a pine tree, did not stay too long...and left for some wooded area. Followed them with my binoculars but they were gone pretty quick:(.
On a side note, I've split about 20 hive in the last 2 days, boiling with bees...all had swarm cells at different stages. So, yes, they made up their mind in the last 10 days.
I checked my last year notes...we are about three weeks early this year.

Hardiness zone 8a.

03-18-2012, 01:25 PM
Got a call today and picked up a couple of swarms. Mid 70s and cloudy. 27009 Belews Creek NC

03-18-2012, 07:55 PM
bee cut out on house in Apex, NC (27502) on 3/13. Swarm took residence on 3/11. Basetball size cluster.

03-19-2012, 10:49 AM
Walked up on one of my colonies swarming yesterday (3/18/12) in Carthage, NC. Of course they landed about 80ft up a tree :( It was still amazing to see them come pouring out of the hive all at once. Hope they find a good home.

apis maximus
03-24-2012, 02:40 PM
Zip 8a. Partly cloudy day, 70 F, 10 AM. A football size swarm was forming 15 ft up on a tree branch in the back of my yard. Got up on a ladder, and shook the whole branch in a nuc. Saw the queen on the outside wall of the nuc. I grabbed her and placed it on a frame inside. In the mean time it started drizzling a bit, which made them get in the nuc faster...So far, so good...they seem to have accepted their new "home".

apis maximus
03-25-2012, 06:29 PM
Zip 28574, Richlands NC, ...68 F, about 3 PM, cloudy with some storms brewing. Got to my yard into the woods and a football size swarm was hanging nice on a tree branch, about 20 feet away from my hives. Placed it in a nuc box and we'll see what tomorrow brings:)

03-28-2012, 09:23 PM
Friend of a friend caught a swarm in Hendersonville, NC, 28791, on Monday the 26th. Weather was warm, about 75 and sunny.

apis maximus
03-31-2012, 08:40 AM
Zip 28546...Friday March 30, about 2 PM...A split I made 12 days ago, swarmed on me:scratch:. Football size...way up in the tallest pine tree I have in the yard.
Started raining in the evening, some T-storms all night. Saturday AM, showers and they are still up in the pine tree. I can only see them with my binoculars. I do have 3 swarm traps baited with lemon grass oil and some old comb I just got scattered in my yard ...But they chose the highest, most exposed place they could find. I wish I could get up that high...Oh well.

03-31-2012, 09:33 PM
First swarm of the year 3-4 # in size. Captured on 3/30/12 in Valdese, NC 28690. Saw them coming out of the Russian hive and had them land in a bush 2 feet of the ground. Weather was 68 degrees with a 5 mph south wind and they emerged at 12 noon.

apis maximus
04-02-2012, 09:07 AM
28546 NC...2 of my hives. One hugging a small maple tree, about 5 feet from the at the of a 20 ft pine tree. After being there through a night of rain and wind, they went into the nuc boxes right away. Both swarms just about filled the 5 deep frame nuc boxes. So far, 5 of my hives have swarmed 15-18 days after being split.:)....

04-02-2012, 07:46 PM
Caught my first swarm of the year today. Small swarm on the local school's bleachers.
27530, Goldsboro, NC

04-05-2012, 06:51 PM
3-31-12 Central NC

04-07-2012, 06:04 PM
4/7/12 Harrels, NC. Big swarm... hanging 1 ft off the ground. Filled a deep... so easy... Zone 8

04-09-2012, 12:04 PM
April 8, 2012 one from one of my own hives; saw it form caught the queen and watched them all go into the nuc box; text book.

04-20-2012, 03:01 PM
Swarm off my own bees today, April 20th 2012. Football size cloudy 73 degrees bout 10 ft up a plum tree. central N.C. OTW to get um now

05-03-2012, 06:07 PM
Western Foothills NC
May 1 2012 9:00am
3-4 lbs from one of my Nucs

05-05-2012, 06:47 PM
5/5/12 Another in Western NC
5 lbs swarm from my Russian Hive
65 ft in top of a pine tree
1:00 pm partly sunny, Thunderstorms threatening.
All are now safe in a new hive.

05-07-2012, 11:33 AM
5/4 got a swarm call, they moved 5 min before I got there. 5:30p 27320 NC
5/5 another call, 2-3# swarm in the eave of a local business about 10 ft off the ground. 2pm 27320 NC
These are now residing in a new topbar hive.

05-14-2012, 09:17 PM
Lost a swarm from one of my hives in the last few days. Didn't catch or see it, just evidence in the hive.

05-15-2012, 02:17 PM
Caught first swarm call on 5-5-12. collected it just before huge thunderstorm, about 2pm,27050.

07-22-2012, 01:04 PM
My first swarm of the year was on Feb. 12, 2012. Very, very early....So far I have caught 11 swarms throughtout the year.

apis maximus
03-27-2013, 09:44 PM
Zip 28574...USDA Zone 8.
Had a few hives that started swarm preparations around March 10.
Split them all...but today, 55 F temps and very windy, right under my nose, one of them has thrown three swarms...each with his own virgin...all three landed on the same "lucky" tree, in nice, very well defined, separate clusters.

03-30-2013, 12:38 PM
I'm in Raleigh, NC and my hive swarmed today, March 30 2013.

03-30-2013, 07:52 PM
had several hives swarmed today.between splits and swarms, i have picked up 13 new hives this weekend. i still have several more hives to go check out. wasnt able to get to them today. this swarm season is in for sure. wadesboro and lilesville, north carolina:)

03-31-2013, 07:13 PM
Morganton NC, caught a swarm 3/29/13 in the backyard.....not sure yet if it was from my hive. My hive is a year old almost to the date. Had built a hive for my son the night before as well as ordered more equipment for a split earlier THAT SAME DAY! Talk about dumb luck. I haven't had a chance to go in my hive due to my work schedule this weekend but I feel like it came from mine. The cluster was in a ornamental peach tree about 3ft high and 35ft from my existing hive. All seem to be doing well and taking feed.

apis maximus
03-31-2013, 09:05 PM
Zip 28574, USDA zone 8...about 6 PM, 70 F, got a call from a friend...large swarm landed under the kids swing set. A nice, thick blanket of bees laying on the ground. Placed a nuc, 5 F deep with some nice comb in it, and they started marching right in...had to add the second 5 F deep on top to accommodate them with more space.

04-02-2013, 08:49 AM
had a couple buddies hive some of their swarms over the weekend (3/30 and 3/31). They are in the 27526 (Fuquay Varina, NC) area.

apis maximus
04-02-2013, 06:51 PM
Three more...two yesterday, zip 28574 and one today zip 28546.

04-04-2013, 03:39 PM
4/4/13.....caught my first swarm this morning......27851

04-08-2013, 06:10 PM
about 2 lbs five feet or so off the ground
nice and sunny, a little breezy, about 70 degrees

04-11-2013, 08:18 PM
One of mine unfortunately.....

04-13-2013, 02:21 PM
Smallish swarm today. S. E. NC.
People have 2 hives in their home that I am "supposed" to take out when the husband, a contractor, gets time to do the demo in two weeks.
They said they already had three huge swarms & told my niece about it & asked her to give their number to me but she never did. At least I know the swarm is from a healthy hive. They've had hives in the house for two years so it isn't an AFB concern from my standpoint.
I'm using this swarm ONLY to draw out medium frames for my supers. A couple of weeks prior to the end of the flow I'll put a second deep box on. Right now they are in a single deep of drawn comb with a medium box of foundation above.

04-17-2013, 06:26 PM
Bad news=two hives swarmed within the last week. good news is I came home after finding this out and saw a massive swarm had taken up residency in one of my swarm traps.. It was an older one that I put out 2 years ago. Once I saw them I got a 10 frame deep and put them in it with a brood frame. I put 6 drawn frames and 4 undrawn plus a medium on undrawn so I could get them to use their wax building abilities to get me some more drawn comb for the hives I am trying to get honey from.

04-23-2013, 06:16 PM
I went to one of my yards today. It only has two hives. Last week I inspected both and one looked as if it had already swarmed. It had tons of bees still but I couldn't find the queen. It had plenty of swarm cells but I may have killed them trying to find the queen?
The other had swarm cells as well. I found the queen and took her and some brood/honey/pollen for a split. As I was putting her in a nuc I could hear her piping. I hope it is mated but that is unlikely from the reading I've done.
I went today to look at the 3 swarm traps I have there. I decided one was in a poor location. I took it down and was trying to figure out another location. I saw smallish gum tree that was about 40' from the hives. I don't like to put them this close but I walked over to it and was about to hang it. I looked down at a bush about 2' from the tree and there was a swarm at the base of this bush. If I had to guess I'd say it is enough to cover 3-4 deep frames. I am almost sure it is an after swarm. I saw the queen after I shook the bees into a deep I keep on my truck full of frames of foundation. She was walking around on top of the frames and once in a while would go in between but then come up again. I tried to shoo her down and she started flying around. She may have landed in the pile that was still on the ground but I don't know.
I took a frame of brood from the hive that I think swarmed and placed it in the box that I shook the swarm into and took it back to the house.
Hopefully they will stay-it's been a slow year for me & swarm catching.

04-30-2013, 07:17 PM
Saturday-swarm moved into a woman's house Thursday. Pulled back some carpet, cut a hole in the subfloor and vacuumed out the bees. Already built out about 3/4 of a frame of comb and the queen was laying.
Monday at one of my outyards at the base of a 3" tree. Had to cut the tree above the cluster then below and shook the trunk piece into a hive body.
Today at another outyard in a swarm box I have on a tree. Large swarm-don't think it was mine either??

apis maximus
05-03-2013, 06:06 AM
Zip 28546. Large swarm moved into one of my trap boxes as I was watching.
Noticed a yellow dot queen moving in:).

05-04-2013, 05:26 PM
Found a small swarm in a bait hive. I was going to take some foragers to add to another hive but there were not enough. I came home from there and I noticed a swarm about 20' up a pine tree on the first branch up. It was a fairly big one. I hastily made a bucket pole and got a good amount by jamming it against the bottom of the branch but missed the queen three more times. Got a ladder and a saw and some rope and was able to put the rope over a higher branch then around a fork in the branch the swarm was on. This made the rope connection about at the balance point so I was able to cut it and lower it to the ground. I bounced it on top of the hive body and, I "suspect" the queen was in there. I came back after two hours and there were a few flying like a normal hive with the rest inside.
Is this the absolute most active swarm season?
We need a poll???
What do I do about getting honey? I imagine most of the swarms Ive gotten are from my own hives. I am thinking about combining swarms I've caught or adding the bees back to hives with supers. We are at peak flow and I have too many swarms I've hived and too many colonies without enough bees for a crop???

apis maximus
05-10-2013, 09:22 PM
NC. Zip 28574. Caught a very large one that took 2, 10 F deeps to accommodate.
Zip 28546. One swarm moved into one of my vacant traps, after scouting it really good for the last 3 days:).

05-20-2013, 06:01 PM
28716 - 5/19/2013
First ever.

05-21-2013, 09:39 AM
swarm 05/15/2013

05-21-2013, 10:41 AM
got call last night 5/20/13

28611 close to hwy 181

05-30-2013, 06:36 AM
5/28/2013 Raleigh, NC 27606
swarm entered house between 1st/2nd floor joists. Cut out on 5/29

05-30-2013, 06:36 AM
5/29/2013 27526

came home to a swarm in a old deeps i had laying around. estimating basketball size. 1st time that has happened for myself.

06-24-2013, 09:03 AM
Lost half our bees from a 4/12 Nuc install on 5/21.........Still recovering

07-24-2013, 11:36 AM
Removed a swarm that moved into the ceiling space of an apartment unit. Comb & sealed brood age maybe 2 weeks maximum. There were no emerged brood cells. Tons of bees that I had vacuumed into a deep with drawn comb & placed in a yard. Two days later maybe 10% were still there. Glad I made good coin on the removal.
Same time frame gave me another swarm in a swarm lure box. Seems like plenty of bees & they have pollen & nectar coming in. Gotta bring it to a yard asap-never know if they will runn off.
Both were in S.E. NC.
Can we try & remember to include location in these posts?

03-13-2014, 05:53 AM
3-8-2014 Richlands NC 60's nice swarm

03-30-2014, 09:00 PM
caught two swarms today. very windy bees were getting blown all over the place. nice size swarms. double brood boxes full of bees and swarm cells. swarm catch boxes are up in trees. heard of several more swarms

03-31-2014, 07:38 PM
two more swarms today, along with two yesterday

04-09-2014, 07:00 PM
Got one yesterday and one today from the same colony. At least there my bees and I know the genetics. They have great genetics and have been very productive. I had just split out 3 frames of brood from this colony 3 weeks ago.

05-21-2014, 01:29 PM
I had a swarm from one of my hives that I spotted yesterday just as they were balling up high in a tupelo tree. this was yesterday about 2pm and today over 24 hours they are still there - about 30 feet up - too high to climb. All my swarms in the past have moved on within just a few hours if I wasnt able to get to them. I put out a couple of 4 frame nuke boxes yesterday with drawn comb in them and put a couple more drawn frames in an old deep I let sit out - one of the nukes got some attention late yesterday as did the old deep box which had several scout bees exploring it, but now no activity in any of my swarm boxes. Is this normal for them to be out this long without moving into their permanent residence? Anyone have any experience capturing swarms high in a tree?

By the way, this swarm appears to have come from the mother hive of a split I made only about 2 months ago.

07-04-2014, 10:24 PM
hi all the sourwood flow is on here at my house, even tho thay have room had two swarms today7-4-14 Hendersonville, north Carolina, 28739

03-29-2015, 06:47 PM
March 29th. Feral colony hived. Appeared high in tree Friday. Got word they could not get to them due to height today at Church. went to see if they were still there and they had moved to the base of tree. Temps got in the 40's last two nights and low 50's today.

04-11-2015, 07:01 PM
4/6- 4/9- 4/10/15. Lower NC, Robeson County. 80-85F Overcast turned to sunny & windy.

04-20-2015, 04:27 AM
I got three after swarms from the same bradford pear tree an old neighbor has. They have a hive in the eave of their home that has had a hive in it for 3-4 years.
All three swarms had virgins queens that I separated out and put in mating nucs and used some excess swarm bees in a starter.

04-23-2015, 01:57 PM
Wilson NC
Checked swarm traps April 21.
2 swarms already bringing in pollen in my traps!

02-09-2016, 10:56 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.

03-08-2016, 04:49 PM
Ok lets see if this will work here. 28401 is the zip code. The bees haven't swarmed but the queen cells I took out of 2 hives have been placed in 4 nucs as of todays date. These came from my hives and I didn't see the queen in either of the 2 hives, but both had capped queen cells and lots of drones. The hives were going to swarm in the next few days and still may swarm.

03-13-2016, 05:42 AM
Well I walked outside and bees were everywhere. They landed in a holly tree and calmed down. I got my climbing gear and Woodward ready and they took off again. They went right back into their hive. 2 hours later they swarmed again. They are now in a new box building a new home. 28401

03-28-2016, 04:47 PM
2 swarms at 28412 outside the southern city limits of Wilmington, 1 in a 10 frame deep and 1 in a nuc deep. The swarm in the nuc had been there 3 days. 1 at 28401 north of the Wilmington city limits, still in the tree. I am out of hive tops so I need to build one. I also need to build a mini-bridge over the mud bog to get to the swarm, It is a big one. It's been a busy bee day.

04-01-2016, 01:02 PM
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

3-30-16 Very large swarm (2 deeps) moved into empty boxes. Sunny, 75 degrees

4-1-16 Large swarm (1 deep, 1 shallow) moved into empty boxes. Cloudy, 75 degrees

Both swarms were from an unknown source, but I have the feeling someone is missing lots of their bees.

04-14-2016, 04:36 PM
Caught the first two swarms of this season. I think they are both from my hives. They go to the same general area not far from the original hives each year. I have a couple of 6-frame nucs (deep) that seem successful as bait hives, but today I was not patient enough too wait and see if they would go into them.

04-14-2016, 06:54 PM
One real nice swarm in a trap, super nice day, will be checking the rest of my traps in the next few days. Its on

05-21-2016, 12:50 PM
Swarm by my bee yard today. Noticed a hive bearding a bit more than usual. Went to get the weed wacker to cut the grass around the hives and there they were. Put them in a nuc box and cut the grass. Checked the hive they came from and pulled eight nice looking queen cells. I guess 2 supers wasn't enough so they now have 3. 2 of the queens came out on the way home so they went into cages to go into queenless hives. I gave all the other cells to a fellow beek. Wilmington, 28401, nuc box.

05-24-2016, 05:00 PM
interesting.. save the bees.. kill the tree. ;)

05-24-2016, 05:05 PM

06-11-2016, 05:18 AM
I'm not sure what you are trying to say here. These trees were all free climbed, no gaffs/spikes.
interesting.. save the bees.. kill the tree. ;)

06-14-2016, 06:36 AM
Caught my First Swarm this year April 8 2016, It was a cold windy day, From a nuc that had overwintered. They are now working on drawing out their honey super. Used lemongrass oil and a deep box to catch them.

06-16-2016, 11:18 AM
Witnessed my first swarm early this AM. Was in the top of a huge oak tree with zero chance of retrieving. Don't think it was from any of my hives since they were screened shut as a result of intense robbing yesterday, but who knows as I'm a first year keeper.

Guess I know where I'll move my swarm traps to now - top of that oak!

07-04-2016, 12:28 PM
Independence Day swarm at the top of an oak tree. Don't know if its mine or someone else's. Seems out of season though.

03-25-2017, 12:37 PM
First Swarm 3/25/17 zip code 27325. Size of 2 footballs

03-26-2017, 12:25 PM
Pic from my buddy in Apex, NC. I'd go get them if it wasn't 45 minutes away...they'd likely be gone by then.

03-27-2017, 10:51 AM

04-07-2017, 06:37 AM
Picked up a 4 lbs swarm in Lenoir,28645 They said it had been there for two days and it was very windy with the temps dropping.

04-07-2017, 11:27 AM
2nd swarm in Eastern, NC 28539