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06-16-2007, 06:26 PM
Lesson learned,

Tuesday, 6-12, went and took down an owl house a gentleman had built and placed about 15' in a tree, he said the bees had been there about a week. Gently took it down and put it in the back of my truck, was going to take them out Wed. When I opened it up the next day, i found that the comb had fallen crushing many of the bees. I couldn't find the queen, but I gave them a frame of brood, and will check them next week. If I can't find eggs, I'll pull the queen cells and combine them with a weaker colony.



06-21-2007, 07:11 AM
Swarm on April 15th. Liberty Hill, Texas 78642. This was from one of my hives.

06-21-2007, 07:16 AM
3 swarms on April 21st. Liberty Hill, Texas 78642. These were from my hives. Evidently I'm sufffering from the opposite of CCD - Would that be Colony Expand Disorder? I managed to hive two of these three.

09-03-2007, 09:06 PM
03-02-07 Zip 75672
Several big prime swarms that week from my hives that week. Caught me off gard!

02-20-2008, 12:54 PM
One swarm on Feb. 13. It was gone before I got there but was described as "big as a basketball". Not sure.

Another swarm on Feb. 19. Probably a little bigger than a large grapefruit. I put it in a box with drawn frames. We'll see if it make it.

Location is south central Texas. 90 miles North West of Houston. Zip is 77833.

Weather has been 65 during the day and 42 at night.

Beautiful weather.


04-09-2008, 06:52 PM
75403 on 4/03/08. nice swarm about basketball sized, leading edge of a storm front after a fair week. Another reported on Monday, 4/7 but I didn't go for it.

04-15-2008, 05:24 PM
Swarm yesterday, small, about volleyball sized. Hard freeze/frost yesterday morning, but bluebird weather otherwise. 75402. Picked them up today.

04-15-2008, 06:28 PM
Zip 77561 -Picked up a swarm yesterday in a Friends Tree :)

04-20-2008, 01:48 PM
I posted about this under "Swarm Removal," but now they've moved on.

Location: northeast Dallas, Texas; suburban neighborhood; football sized swarm on branch of a short crepe myrtle (which I moved to my porch prior to a strong stormfront coming through).
Weather: mostly warm & sunny, 70s-80s, except rain/hail/high winds on night of 17 April 08.
Origin of swarm: unknown, perhaps a creek bottom 1/2 mile away.
Dates: swarm arrived 14 April 08, left 20 April 08.

04-21-2008, 07:40 AM
While working my bees yesterday I had a call from a friend about a mile away about a swarm on a post. Turns out to be about a 3 lb. swarm on a cross-piece between two posts. I set my box under them and knocked them in. Fifteen minutes later I was on my way home. Since I was already suited up and had everything in the car, it was literally 45 minutes from the phone call until they were in their new home. I don't think I will ever have an easier capture.

Unknown source. Three lb. swarm. 4 p.m. Mild weather following 4 days of sunshine. 77833


05-08-2008, 10:02 AM
date: 5-7-2008
weather: clear and warm - in the 80s
location: Liberty Hill, Texas
zip: 78642

This swarm was from one of my hives. I requeened in early April, but my check a week later showed they had other ideas. I found the queen released, but they had also started building queen cells. I let them decide what was best. I happened to see this swarm emerge (was kinda hoping I could pretend it never happened). I did some other work and gave them time to fly away or settle. They settled on a branch just across the trail from my hives. I was able to hive them with a frame of brood. This afternoon I'll see if they decided to stay.

04-07-2009, 03:18 PM
I have had two swarms. 3/15/09 in Ben Wheeler, TX 75754, Sunny Calm, 75F
4/5/09 in Wills Point, TX 75163, cold front moving in, winds 20-30 mph, 42F

04-21-2009, 01:34 PM
I have multiple exterminators and one city animal control on the lookout for me in the D/FW area but I have not heard of any swarms. Is our cool weather at night holding the bees from swarming. Anyone in DFW seeing swarms? Any education would be appreciated.

I have caught 3. All in the last 10 days.

05-19-2009, 10:49 AM
one large swarm 5/17

05-19-2009, 06:44 PM
May 16 Saturday afternoon Clifton Texas 76634zip 82 degrees .Size of a Football and I missed gettin em as usual .

Jim Ray
06-14-2009, 08:25 AM
First year bee keeper. Had first ever swarm today (June 14).

Jim Ray
06-14-2009, 03:30 PM
Thanks for calling, today, 911!

07-07-2009, 10:26 PM
Use Titebond II glue, it has the same characteristics of regular white glue, but is almost waterproof, by test. I have been using it in wooden boat building, and use it in the construction of supers.

08-10-2009, 09:26 PM
8/10, Monday evening, I found another small swarm, about 1o feet from my hives. I collected them, and put them in a nuc. That's the third swarm I have collected this year, and all of them were only about 1/2 - 3/4 pound of bees. All small. Looks like a sugar feeding winter ahead.

Jim Ray
08-30-2009, 02:42 PM
Hived a watermelon-sized swarm today. It was at a farmstead west of Panhandle, Texas. It was hanging on a fertilizer tank.

09-17-2009, 03:56 AM
Large swarm in tree, in Beaumont Texas. When I go there, they had moved. Left about 100 dead bees on the ground, and 3-4 bees flying around the limb they were on. 9/17/09

03-17-2010, 10:01 PM
Caught a modest size swarm today. I think it came out of a near by bee tree. About 1 1/2 - 2 lbs of bees. Fairly gentle. In Orange, Texas.

Cordovan Italian Bee
04-03-2010, 12:11 PM
April 3rd now. Our 2 hives would have swarmed 2 weeks ago but we caught them and did splits and now have 7 hives.

04-05-2010, 11:59 PM
Caught a swarm today, 4/5/19, in a swarm trap that was waiting to be put out. Oh well, I'll take it. Postal 78729

Did a cutout 4/1/10 that had swarm cells. postal 78759

04-22-2010, 10:37 AM
I had five (5) swarms on my property Tuesday, 20 April, 2010. :lookout: Yes, really. All mid-size, all fairly calm, and different colors of bees. Four were in small trees, one on a fence post. It was a good day, but I was tuckered! :sleep:


04-24-2010, 07:51 PM
Picked up another swarm 4/23. 1 1/2 - 2 lbs.

04-26-2010, 10:10 PM
First swarm call of the season in Amarillo TX. April 24th. Swarm in town so likely feral. Weather nice and sunny with minimal wind following several days of overcast, rain and fierce wind and thunderstormes.

04-30-2010, 02:53 PM
I caught a swarm this last Sunday (25th) here in Fort-Worth, Texas. The weather is in the upper 70's. I'm not sure about the origin.

Jim Ray
05-01-2010, 04:33 PM
I hived a near-volleyball-sized swarm, yesterday, behind my house. It was hanging under the ceiling of my kid's wall-less fort. Sitting above it was a swarm-box, baited with lemongrass oil. I've started a new hive with it.

Went through my hives today, and all are bustling. Can't tell that any are reduced, so this may be a swarm from somewhere else.

Jim Ray
05-23-2010, 08:22 PM
I hived a large watermelon-sized swarm in my Mimosa tree. Same small tree as my one swarm last year. This makes the second swarm at my house this year.

Jim Ray
05-28-2010, 09:13 PM
Watched a volleyball-sized swarm today fly from a hive and land about 20 feet away in a desert willow. A fellow beek hived it and took it because I am low on equipment. 4th swarm in my yard this year!

Jim Ray
05-29-2010, 10:06 PM
Boxed a softball-sized swarm this evening in south Amarillo that was hanging over a garage opening. It was after dark when I got there.

Trying to figure out what I will do with this small swarm.

Jim Ray
06-02-2010, 08:22 PM
June 1. My 14-year old son boxed a very large swarm in my backyard while I was away for a sleep lab test. I was very proud of him. He had helped me a couple of times. Now I can relax knowing that he can cover for me.

06-27-2010, 09:37 PM
Swarm season is over in southeast Texas. I picked up maybe 20 total, including my traps. Kept me real busy on the tablesaw. This started in March, and ran through May. Had to do combines here and there. Now all the calls are for cutouts, that I am not too enthusiastic about. I did a job yesterday, that amounted to a cutout, but it was not in a building, it was in a 40 foot 18 wheeler trailer, in a mess of cardboard and wire cages. It was the worse job I have ever tackled.

07-01-2010, 08:22 AM
Was called by a Texas State Trooper and was told of a swarm in a tree. Mid-June, captured it and hived it up.

Also was called on Memorial Day of a very large swarm that had just exited the main hive. The size of a basketball.

08-10-2010, 10:33 AM
I staple a piece of plastic queen excluder across the entrance of the hive, of a new swarm. I only leave it in place for a few days. Long enough for them to start to get established and accept the new quarters.

08-24-2010, 08:07 PM
Caught a small swarm yesterday 08-23-10 in Round Rock, TX. The swarm was a result of a storm rendering damage to the old tree they were in. The storm left the hive body fully exposed to the outside elements. They swarmed to relocate to something better..... my hive box. HAH

10-27-2010, 03:15 PM
I've been collecting swarms in Houston and around the IAH airport this summer. I've noticed that I get several calls after we have had 2-3 days of wet weather. So, I keep my vac in my car and make sure I have a couple of cages ready when it gets rainy. But, I've had 100% success in retaining the swarm as long as I've had the queen. One hive I captured in July didnt have teh queen and it swarmed again.

11-25-2010, 11:27 AM
JP - John Pluta?

02-21-2011, 07:47 PM
21 Feb. 2011

First swarm of 2011 for me. First cut out of the year, too.

Here we go.


03-26-2011, 06:59 AM
Woohoo! Captured my first swarm of the season yesterday 3/25 in Houston at the airport. It was a big one. I placed them in a 5 frame nuc with a frame that had fresh eggs, honey and pollen and 4 empty frames. We'll see if they stick around-

03-26-2011, 09:58 AM
Friday, 25 March 2011

77964, Lavaca County, TX

Two swarms today, one of them huge! Could almost be counted as three swarms!

Spring is here!


03-27-2011, 05:57 AM
Angelina County, Texas
They did not like the neighborhood. Packed up and left March 26 about 5pm. I had a trap baited with a lure, they never even looked at it. As someome said, bees will be bees.

Kingfisher Apiaries
04-08-2011, 07:11 AM
75645 4-08-11 Cell Builder Swarmed.
At our club meeting last night we had about 45 swarms reported since the last meeting.


04-08-2011, 05:43 PM
Nacogdoches TEXAS

april 7 , 8

swarm each day one on christmas tree at christmas tree farm next on fence post it was 2 miles from my house so could be one of mine


Jim Ray
04-09-2011, 04:30 PM
April 2, 2011: Captured first swarm of the year. In Canyon, TX. Could see that bees were coming and going from a nearby bird house, and that the woodduck-sized hole was nearly sealed up from wax.

The swarm was 20 high and basketball sized. In Siberian elm. The resident sawed the limb and the bees came slamming to the ground. I placed the cardboard box nuc, there, and they filed in.

04-13-2011, 01:59 PM
Captured a very large swarm in Houston at the airport on 4/11/11

04-19-2011, 03:09 PM
two swarm calls today 04-18-2011
weatherford Texas 76086

04-19-2011, 10:39 PM
another swarm call today 04-19-2011
around 4-5 pounds 8 feet off the ground
sunny and around 100 degrees
weatherford Texas 76086

04-22-2011, 08:52 PM
April 22nd, overcast day warm 82 degrees
small swarm bout the size of a softball
weatherford Texas 76086

04-30-2011, 12:15 AM
three pound swarm, 20 feet up in the tree. Got to use a pole saw and some rope, retrieved the swarm no problem. It was pretty interesting, I got the majority of the bess in the box and all the sudden the rest of them just marched right on in like little soliders.
Weatherford Texas

05-06-2011, 07:57 PM
May 6th 2011
5-6 pound swarm 20 feet up in a pecan tree. Easy as pie to get and take home. They filled up 1 1/2 8 frame medium boxes.
weatherford Tx 76086

05-07-2011, 08:29 PM
May 7th 3 poundish swarm 4 feet up a small pecan tree
Weatherford TX 76086

05-14-2011, 10:39 AM
small swarm today 05-14-2011, about four feet off the ground
weatherford texas 76088

05-19-2011, 02:16 PM
Caught a swarm at IAH airport at 1:00 pm today. They were on a baggage cart. Extremely small cluster - maybe 1000 bees, but I think I got the queen.

07-05-2011, 06:15 AM
4th of July!...They just flew in and landed in a trap as we were drinking our morning coffee. It was quite a sight.

07-14-2011, 12:00 PM
[QUOTE=Rohe Bee Ranch; This is the third swarm call I've received in the last month where someone kills them before I arrrive.[/QUOTE]



07-29-2011, 07:52 AM
wow! My bees swarmed May 3rd, 2011. Half perched on a narrow branch for a couple of nights before taking off. I had no extra eqpt, no experience, and I don't think my bee suit had come yet. So I did not interfere. These are very exciting stories though. Maybe I can learn this.

09-17-2011, 10:53 AM
Fort Worth, Texas 9/14 or 9/15/11, Less than 2 lb swarm in one of the bait hives on my lot. Virgin queen, origin unknown. I have yard-feeders.

09-24-2011, 07:07 PM
09/21/11 small grapefruit size swarm in small tree cut branch but this jarred them into flight shook what was left into 5 frame medium nuc (used)with some drawn comb put box on top of ladder bees flying all around they settled in box put on lid left for about 45 min came back the rest had moved in closed up took home put on stand removed one frame and added division board feeder
zip 75961

charles adams
09-30-2011, 02:36 PM
9-30-11 got a call from the water department swarm in meter box

Kingfisher Apiaries
02-15-2012, 07:04 AM
This year has been crazy. Our club president had a swarm on new years day! The weather has been warm here but now its finally going back to average temps for this time of year.

03-03-2012, 12:07 PM

Austin, Texas. A member reported to the Austin Urban Beekeepers group about a swarm that soon left from some bushes just outside of her house. They left before anyone could get there. :-( Temperature around 76 F and party cloudy.

03-09-2012, 07:56 AM
2 swarms in north Austin, Texas.

I caught 2 swarms yesterday. I gave one away to our AUB group. The other died before I got them into a hive. It was a warm day which encouraged the first swarms of the season to kick-in. Then came the rain followed by a strong cold front. Temps dropped into the upper 30s from the mid-70s. The bees got wet and then chilled, big time. They didn't have a chance. The first swarm, that survived, didn't get rained on before I got them versus the other swarm that got rained on and then "cold front" chilled before I got them. Mother nature did the swarming bees yesterday, no favors by swarming with this weather coming in as it did.

03-10-2012, 04:49 PM
2 swarms in north Austin, Texas.

I caught 2 swarms yesterday. I gave one away to our AUB group. The other died before I got them into a hive. It was a warm day which encouraged the first swarms of the season to kick-in. Then came the rain followed by a strong cold front. Temps dropped into the upper 30s from the mid-70s. The bees got wet and then chilled, big time. They didn't have a chance. The first swarm, that survived, didn't get rained on before I got them versus the other swarm that got rained on and then "cold front" chilled before I got them. Mother nature did the swarming bees yesterday, no favors by swarming with this weather coming in as it did.

CORRECTION: The swarm I thought I lost due to the sudden wet and then cold, made it !!!! I did lose about 1/3 of the bees however. I'll check and see if the queen made it in a few days. Anyway, I'm very happy they made it! :D

03-17-2012, 05:54 AM
Zip 75959, Huntington, Texas. 3/15/2012 , 80 degrees, a little after noon.

03-19-2012, 07:24 PM
One of mine swarmed 3/17. Northwest of Houston...

They like to land on a fence about 20 feet away from the hives. This year they landed on a fence board I had not nailed on so it was a simple matter to just pick up the board and bump them into a hive ... :D

03-23-2012, 12:06 PM
23 Mar. 2012. Lavaca County, TX. Visiting with the local 96 1/2 year old Bee Man. 10:30 AM. Watched one of is hives swarm, and land in a nearby Cedar tree. Helped him box them. What a treat to be there to see and do that with a beloved mentor! I got to do all the "tanging"! :lpf:


03-26-2012, 09:23 AM
Just picked up my 2nd new hive today...owner spotted swarm on 21 or 22Mar2012 Aransas Pass TX 78336

03-29-2012, 08:25 AM
Just picked up my 2nd brand-new hive today...owner spotted swarm on 21 or 22Mar2012 Aransas Pass TX 78336
New swarm, same location; moved there on 27March2012 Aransas Pass TX 78336 (so that makes three in that zip already that I've picked up this year)

04-12-2012, 04:56 PM
april 10 2012 zip 75961
first swarm call of the year on a semi trailer
then swarm call each following 2 day 2 call yesterday 04 11 12 called club member for last one


04-19-2012, 01:20 PM
Picked up a nice swarm in a 6' tall landscaping tree right outside the front door of a construction company today. Location: Corpus Christi, TX 78415 USDA Zone 9A

http://www.robherc.com/bees/images/04192012swarm_thumb.jpg (http://www.robherc.com/bees/images/04192012swarm_BIG.jpg)

04-19-2012, 03:58 PM
robherc: is that mine? j/k :) I had a hive swarm yesterday but I'm 78418

04-20-2012, 03:37 AM
UPDATE: Apparently while I was busy with the swarm I already listed, there were 2 swarms (one about that size, and the other almost twice as large...supposedly) that came to rest on the wall of a church about 10miles South of there. Unfortunately, by time I was called & got back down to Corpus, they'd both moved on.
So that makes 3 swarms in one day for Corpus Christi...and that's just the ones I got called for!

04-21-2012, 09:50 PM
Seadrift TX, 77983, went to the bee yard today & noticed some bees flying in a new direction while I was checking my open feeder...turns out a nice 5-6lb swarm had moved into one of my old, retired (though not yet destroyed) hives that the fire ants had wiped out the old colony in. Put some grease on the hive stand legs & re-adjusted the top bars so they'd be close enough together to discourage the bees continuing to build comb on the underside of the lid (I was NOT expecting any bees to move into this hive...had over 1/2 of the bars out/burned already. Not sure exactly when they moved in, but I checked the hive 4 days ago & it was empty...no I'll have to get them converted to the 19" bars of my new hives once they get a little open brood going.

05-18-2012, 02:35 PM
one of our club members says that you can take a frame of open brood throw a rope over branch raise frame of open brood to swarm and they will slowly move on to frame than you can slowly lower


Risky Beesness
06-05-2012, 08:46 PM
78953. A swarm moved into one of my traps at a friends place about 60 miles away. He is going to bring them to me tomorrow.

11-14-2012, 09:11 PM
Small swarm 11/5/12, 76577

01-08-2013, 02:49 PM
Pray tell me, where is the swarm data from this thread available?

03-13-2013, 07:41 PM
first Swarm 03/12/13 of 2013 4-5 pounder on limb of black walnut 8 feet up zip 75961 Nacogdoches TX took several brushing bees into nuc box to get queen


03-18-2013, 07:38 PM
3/17/13 First swarm. 77520
But! This swarm had been in the tree 6 months!
Nothing in 2013.:(

03-21-2013, 06:16 PM
First swarm of the season, 3/21/13. Frisco TX, nice basketball size swarm

03-22-2013, 02:44 PM
3-22-13, 76520 Large swarm

03-31-2013, 06:48 PM
Caught a swarm this afternoon 3/31, 5:30 pm
Frisco, TX 75078

04-01-2013, 06:38 PM
Zip 75078, Frisco, Tx...5PM april 1st

04-01-2013, 08:04 PM
April 1st-central Texas 77855-hived a swarm 6:00 PM.

04-06-2013, 09:42 AM
Hived a swarm yesterday from my backyard.

charles adams
04-10-2013, 02:29 PM
4-10-13 four swarm calls today. the biggest was six pounds the smallest was about three pounds.
Two of the big swarms were from the same hive combined weight of both were 13 pounds. plus hive in attic it must be massive waiting on reply on cut out.

04-10-2013, 09:10 PM
4/10/13, 76567, small swarm six feet off ground on a small sapling.

04-11-2013, 09:35 PM
4/11/13, 76520, medium size swarm chest high after backing the truck under it.
Get a call about a front end loader knocking a tree over full of bees. Show up and the tree is split open with all the comb exposed so this will be and easy cut out. Get suited up and the next door neighbors are saying there is a bunch of bees gathering in a tree in their front yard I go to investigate and sure enough a swarm. Two hives for one trip what a great day for beekeeping!:D

04-16-2013, 05:28 PM
got another today 4/16
plus a removal

04-18-2013, 09:26 PM
Medium swarm 76567

04-21-2013, 09:34 PM
medium swarm 76520

04-22-2013, 12:04 PM
April 7, 2013 Zip 78645 basketball sized swarm in a small oak tree in a lady's front yard. Sorry I'm late with this.... forgot to post at the time.

charles adams
04-23-2013, 02:41 PM
04/22/13 two more swarms today

04-24-2013, 09:23 PM
6th one this year, 75078

05-01-2013, 09:58 PM
76520, Medium swarm 10feet up had to vacuum no problems.

05-03-2013, 08:25 PM
76520, Small swarm on porch easy catch.

charles adams
05-15-2013, 01:26 PM
5-15-13 Sherman Texas swarm fill a five frame jester ez nuc.

05-29-2013, 06:36 PM
76520, Giant swarm two hour ago

charles adams
06-04-2013, 08:31 AM
two more calls today got one storm got the other.6-4-13

02-19-2014, 08:48 PM
Got the first swarm of the year on 2/17/14. About the size of a football. They are bringing in pollen already.

03-17-2014, 08:13 PM
03/17/14 Nacogdoches Texas Helped A fellow hive a swarm 15 ft from his warre (sp) hive about 12 feet up pulled nuc box under and shook left nuc on ladder for rest to land first one I have seen this year


03-31-2014, 05:53 PM
Noticed bees in one of my swarm boxes today 03/31/2014. Mid-East Oklahoma.

04-11-2014, 10:36 PM
First swarm in trap today, 4/11/2014. High was 87, very windy but sunny, feral swarm from woods, South Texas, zone 9b. Same tree I caught 2 swarms last spring;)

04-17-2014, 09:49 PM
Small swarm 76567 temp 65 cloudy and misty 530pm

05-03-2014, 08:28 PM

Nice cooperative swarm;)

Victoria, Tx. 77901. http://maps.google.com/maps?q=28.867267+-97.029092&z=11

05-18-2014, 07:40 PM
Swarm moved into a 6 frame deep nuc size trap some time today.

05-30-2014, 06:13 AM
2nd baithive of the season occupied May 29th .

06-03-2014, 08:05 AM
Swarm moved into a baithive 6-2-14. Third swarm in the same tree in just over 2 weeks.

06-06-2014, 11:50 AM
Baithive occupied June 4 or 5. 76036

06-18-2014, 10:49 AM
Top Bar Hive swarmed 1030am 6/18/14 Central Texas. Weather is overcast after heavy storms and 86F. Small swarm moved about 15 feet and landed in a cedar tree about 5 feet off the ground. Swarm was gone by 630pm but lots of scouts were still returning and flying circles. Wife saw it but it left before I got home.

09-10-2014, 12:15 PM
Swarm date - 9/9/14. Forgot I left a swarm trap next to the garage. Probably about a 2 pounder. Orchard Park NY 14127

01-29-2015, 11:56 AM
Going to get a basketball size swarm today in Port Lavaca, Texas. It has begun in South Texas, although this is early!15679

02-09-2015, 10:36 AM
Got my 2nd swarm yesterday on 2/8 in Placedo, Tx on the Gulf Coast. Another volleyball sized swarm.

My first swarm has absconded even with a bar of open and capped brood from another hive.:(

02-10-2015, 07:24 PM
Got a 4lb swarm tonight in Victoria Texas.

02-19-2015, 11:45 AM
The zip for the Victoria Texas swarm is 77901

03-04-2015, 08:25 PM
Houston, TX 77025. About 9 feet up in a shruberry. Call at 1:30; home in a hive by 3:00. They will be warm tonight with our "cold front" coming thru.

04-05-2015, 11:10 PM
4/5/2015. Victoria, Tx

Caught a huge swarm today and hived it. Then checked my 9 traps and had swarms in 4. Got to watch and video a huge swarm move into a trap. Was afraid they were not going to fit inside.

04-07-2015, 02:26 PM
Two swarms on 4-1-15 and 4-2-15. One left before I got there and the other was to high in the tree. Helped the feral bee population this week and not mine 😞. San Antonio near 78250.

04-10-2015, 07:23 PM
April 10, 2015 - Bigfoot, Texas

04-12-2015, 07:21 PM
Swarn on the side of a car. San Antonio near 78250. About 4-5#'s

04-13-2015, 08:04 PM
Two swarm calls

1. Devine Texas 78016 but when I called to make sure it was still there she said it had left

2. San Antonio TX 78239. My first searm capture. Nice swarm in a tree. Got them in a deep box. Seemed pretty aggressive. Every time I brushed them off the tree about 50-100 bees started hitting my vail and would follow me for about 100 yards.

04-13-2015, 08:07 PM
Two swarm calls 4/13/2015

1. Devine Texas 78016 but when I called to make sure it was still there she said it had left

2. San Antonio TX 78239. My first searm capture. Nice swarm in a tree. Got them in a deep box. Seemed pretty aggressive. Every time I brushed them off the tree about 50-100 bees started hitting my vail and would follow me for about 100 yards.

04-20-2015, 07:36 PM
Basketball size swarm. Cibilo texas. Frequent swarm location

devil dog
04-28-2015, 12:21 PM
I caught a swarm on Sunday 4-19 (my first) and another yesterday 4-20.

04-28-2015, 12:41 PM
I had a swarm in San Marco TX on 4/25. Filled an entire 5 frame deep nuc.

05-04-2015, 08:02 PM
78247 San Antonio, TX Small swarm that started a little comb on the side of a plywood box collected today.

05-08-2015, 09:09 AM
Austin, TX - 78749

Caught a swarm 5-2-15 (my first one!).

05-11-2015, 12:00 AM
Rockwall County, Tx.
Had a swarm trap with 7 top bars 10 feet up in a hackberry tree for about 6 weeks with little interest shown. Checked it Thursday morning 5-7-15 and had a handful of bees that appeared to be grooming the 1.5" diameter entrance. That afternoon I returned to see a steady stream of bees leaving and returning to the box. Next few days have had steady traffic with quite a few bees returning with pollen. Weather has been 75-80 with lots of thunderstorms for the past week.

My first successful swarm trap. Going to take the cover off to check bars and possibly move them into a top bar hive this week.

08-05-2015, 01:18 PM
Caught 2 swarms this year. 1st on 4-11-15. They didn't make it. 2nd swarm caught on 5-17-15. They are doing great. Both caught in baited swarm traps.

02-09-2016, 11:01 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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02-10-2016, 11:31 AM
Had a swarm call on Jan 14 in Corpus Christi.
Drove through a swarm on Jan 14 in Sinton.
Picked up a swarm on Feb 6 at a residence in Beeville.

All three were likely from wild colonies, no managed hives are known to exist in the immediate area of any of the swarms.

02-13-2016, 05:51 PM

Got a call about a swarm in a Pine tree in Bastrop, TX. Wx has been warm, with little winter. Initially I planned to do the whole shebang, beevac, etc. Upon further thought decided to do it the easy way.

Showed up about 8:30 while they were still asleep. It was just a walkup, stand on the ground and cut the small branch they were on out of the tree, trimmed it and put the whole thing in the box with 4 frames of old comb. Easy, quick (I have a tendency to over think and do it the hard way). Worked perfectly.

2 days later they are still around, and I have a replacement for my single hive that I lost to robbing last fall.

I am a happy beekeeper.

(Sorry, no pictures. I was too happy to remember.)

02-23-2016, 08:00 AM
Got a call from a friend of mine that he had a swarm at his farm in Beeville. I was out of town and by 2/16/16 AM they had already flown the coop. I was excited as it would be my first chance to catch a swarm and they were on a lower branch of a Cedar tree with no ladder needed. Maybe next time.

03-01-2016, 06:58 AM
Jim Wells County. Small swarm (large softball). Found and market the queen. Retrieved and boxed.

03-15-2016, 04:46 AM
3/14/2016---78005---I was working my hives when a small swarm landed on the side of one of my hives. It them moved to the underside of a sheet of plywood that I use to cover my nuc rack. They are not my bees as they are too small. I got them a nuc box and gave them some honey and a frame of brood.

03-15-2016, 07:46 AM
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03-28-2016, 02:48 PM
good sized Swarm seen today mar 28th, Watauga TX may have been from my hives,

03-28-2016, 07:30 PM
Found first swarm on Sunday, March 27, 2016 around 5 p.m. It was a large swarm from my hive.

devil dog
04-05-2016, 04:03 PM
75570...Bowie County
Answered a call and brought a swarm home Saturday April 2nd. They left Sunday evening even though I had put a frame of eggs, brood and larva in the box with them.

04-07-2016, 09:45 AM
Lockhart, Texas. 04/06/2016. Caught a good-sized swarm on a Retama tree, eye-level along someone's fence line. Easy peasy.
Bees in my hives are very active for the last few weeks. Lots of coming and going.

04-15-2016, 06:56 PM
So I was mad dashing through the yard doing a few quick things to set stuff up for this weekend. Was handling my nucs without smoke and they were testy. So finished with the most defensive one, walked around the corner of the old corral into the barn and into my make shift woodshop to leave the followers behind. Left the cloud behind and then walked back into the yard. As I passed beside the corner of the corral and immediately I was surrounded by bees again, but no close flybys or head butts. I walked into the yard and they left me.

Stopped scratching my head and turned around. There on the vines and top rail of the corral. A swarm the side of a volleyball.

Ran to the barn grabbed a nuc box :rolleyes:, ran into the bee yard, yanked open the last nuc and grabbed a frame of brood, dropped a new frame in, then added 4 frames to the nuc, put a bottom on and walked over to the swarm. Gently brushed them into the nuc, it basically almost overflowed. :applause:

Ran grabbed a medium, tossed in 5 more frames including 3 with partial comb. Put that in the middle of the medium, slide the frame of brood now covered with bees in, then knocked the rest of them in the box. Put it resting on the the corner rails of the corral and watched for a minute as they started fanning then as the rest marched right in. This was the first captured swarm in my bee yard.

Then ran for the house to shower and make it to my daughters softball game. 19-1 win go sharks. :D

But there is something special about boxing up one of your own swarms. Good day

04-25-2016, 08:02 PM
So far this year I have been able to get 3 swarms. Knowing your local exterminator makes it easy. 3/30/16 was about 10 inch size so very small but is doing good and saw the queen this weekend. Next one was on 4/01/2016 and was 12 inch and is also doing good and saw the queen this weekend. The 3rd one was kind of a cut out in a cable box and had a little bit of comb. They didn't like what I had to offer and left after 6 days. 2 out of three for a new Beek isn't too bad I think. Really enjoying it and the 2 swarms are very gentle and require little smoke if any.

07-19-2016, 04:24 PM
Yesterday 7-18-2016 harvested a big swarm here in Shackleford County.
Of course now worried about it getting built up enough for winter.

03-08-2017, 02:35 PM

Titus County

Swarm from one hive in out yard.

devil dog
03-11-2017, 06:55 AM
75570 Bowie county, very Northeast corner of the state. I got a football sized swarm yesterday evening

03-29-2017, 06:33 AM
3/27/2017 in Cypress, Texas. A swarm moved into a cable box which was one of the larger ones, about 10 inch. Must have been a hive there in the past as there was old comb in the cover but the only thing in this comb was a lot of water and a small amount of nectar. Used my homemade 5 gallon bucket beevac for the first time and worked well. Over 1/2 a bucket of bees but I don't know if I got the queen. Wait and see.

devil dog
04-03-2017, 02:03 PM
Texarkana, Tx 75503 Bowie county. Got my biggest swarm ever of a semi tire. The driver was happy to see me.

04-05-2017, 08:09 AM
78659, Bastrop County, Central Texas
The swarm came from my Africanized hive, larger than a softball smaller than basketball. I found them my the bottle brush tree at about chest height, about 30 feet from the original hive. The bees were probably in the tree for a couple of hours. I captured the swarm and installed them with honey and brood in an empty borrowed hive. I split that hive and my Italian hive two weeks before hopping to prevent a swarm, wishful thinking from a new beekeeper. The Africanized hive swarmed with no warning, no bearding and late in the day, after 3pm. I can't wait to requeen.

04-13-2017, 07:08 PM
78642 Liberty Hill, Central Texas (Hill Country)= North west of Austin - Beyond Leander(West)
Got a football sized swarm in my Oak Tree that was about 6 and a half ft off the ground. Had to cut a few branches and then put them in a Nuc Box by shaking them. I got about 80% of them on a shake. The rest air borne flew back to the tree. I was able to get them in my gloves scooping them up and putting them in front of the entrance where the fanning was happening by the bees.
Trick was to have a frame of honey and brood available. 2 frames in a Nuc Box. Tonight I will move the box to the bee stand and put frames in tommorow night. I believe these are Africanized, so re-queening will be very soon.

03-22-2018, 07:58 AM
78363 Kingsville, South Texas
Got two feral swarms Monday March 19, 2018 3:30 pm
Both swarms were in Mesquite trees about 10'-13' high and 30' apart from each other. They were basketball in size if not bigger, probably 3-4 pounds.
I got both swarms down out of the Mesquite trees and hived them. They are both now currently working on their comb. I like free bees.


04-05-2019, 01:42 PM
75189 Blackland Texas
Neighbors bees swarmed 4/04/2109 just after lunchtime basketball sized swarm in a 5' cedar tree.
He recaptured the swarm in a 10 frame brood box.