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05-19-2007, 12:53 AM
May 18th - Swarm lands at my daughter's elementary school. Daughter duly notifies principal to call Dad. 5th grade boys take turns kicking and shaking tree until swarm falls, flies away - oh, wait. This thread is about the dates....
May 18th, Sunny day in the 70s. Swarm time aproximately 2:00.

07-10-2007, 08:08 PM
Picked up a swarm Saturday 7-7-2007, and caught one of my own today 7-10-07, 70's on Saturday, and low 90's today.

07-14-2007, 11:35 AM
July 9th, and 12th..
Woodinville Washington

04-30-2008, 09:53 PM
Picked up a swarm in Seattle. April 29th. About the size of a football. 98072

06-17-2008, 11:51 PM
6/17/2008 - 3lb swarm with fat queen. 98033

07-03-2008, 09:56 AM
My bees swarmed. Burbank, Washington. 99323. 100 deg day.

07-14-2008, 08:20 AM
From one of my hives I split a week ago.... still swarmed.

Darrington, WA 98241
July 14, 2008

07-16-2008, 09:06 PM
July 13 - 2lb swarm moved into a playground swing tube - 98033

08-18-2008, 11:05 AM
Southwest Washington State:
This year the bees semi-swarmed in late May, and split and swarmed in mid to late Jun. just before the floods in Mississippi last year.

05-18-2009, 03:47 PM
First swarm call of the year whatcom county WA -- May 16th zip 98225 pollination swarm I believe

05-18-2009, 03:49 PM
First swarm call of the year whatcom county WA -- May 16th zip 98225 pollination swarm I believe

Im not going to say a hive has swarmed yet but i have capped cells at May 16th 98241 in Washington state.

I cut cells and other drastic measures.



05-31-2009, 10:51 PM
2009 Package bees swarmed. These long cold springs sure get things swarming when the weather changes. I have some serious work ahead of me. Random checks througout the apriary.... lots of cups with eggs.

Darrington, WA 98241
May 31, 2009

07-09-2009, 08:22 PM
Hi Batman,

Brushy Mountain sells a video/DVD that includes a method of drawing them out without cutting out the wall.
If I remember correctly he had them use a piece of hardward cloth, made a little cone from it with enough of an opening to let the bees out, without allowing them to get back in again. This cone was secured via staples and or duck tape to the the opening the bees are using as an entrance. Another empty hive is standing by, so the bees unable to get to their home will go to the next one over. You'll need to had a queen if you can't catch the original one.
I bought the video, and was pleased . I thought the money well spent. Good luck.

03-30-2010, 10:38 PM
Walla Walla WA 3/27/10

04-16-2010, 12:14 PM
Two swarms in neighboring yards.


Could be a swarm and an afterswarm, but one looked like carnis and the other italians.


05-01-2010, 11:11 PM
Got my first swarm of the season this afternoon. Normal sized swarm, but had at least two queens. Temperature in the high 50s (these bees must be nuts). Of course my last swarm last fall was Oct 14 & it wasn't even that warm(actually I suspect that bunch had absconded from someplace, as they were a really small group & the yellow jackets wiped them out within a couple of days, even with a five frame box & a 3/8" hole for an entrance

05-11-2010, 10:16 AM
May 2 2010 side of house under eve's Renton Washington. 3#

06-26-2010, 10:37 AM
Picked up Swarm in Palmer, Alaska on 6/24/10
Also in Petersburg, Ak. on 6/20/10

07-22-2010, 07:51 PM
I am in Port Townsend Washington. My bees swarmed twice this week. One on monday(7/19), up a tree about 60 ft. Did not recover that one. Then it swarmed again today(7/22) my husband was able to catch this one.:applause:

06-20-2011, 10:45 PM
Hi All,
First year Beek here. I've been reading the postings in this forum for about a year now. I've really enjoyed all the information. Since I just trapped my first swarm, I thought I would also do my first posting. I'm located in Western Washington. My property has had a feral nest in a large Ash tree for years. I've watched them swarm 3 or 4 times over the years. This year, I put up a swarm trap (from Mann Lake) about 10 feet off the ground in another large Ash tree. There were no signs of bees a week ago last Sunday. This last Friday, I discovered major bee activity. I don't know if they are from the ones from my other tree or not. Friday evening, I brought it down and transferred the bees to a 10-frame I had set up earlier. Wow! I was amazed at how many bees were in that swarm! There were more bees there than in the 5-frame nuc of Caniolans that I had bought at the end of May.

These gals had already made four or five decent size combs in the trap already too. Even though it has only been a few days, it looks like they have settled in real well. Today, I had to remove the entrance reducer as they were so many of them coming and going.

The Carnies have been so gentle, that I got a bit spoiled. These gals are definitely a bit "hotter". At this point, I would like to wait a full week before my first inspection to give them time to settle in. Actually, I'd like to be checking it out right away, but I think it best if I wait.

I better wrap this up, but I wanted to thank everyone for all the great information in these threads. I know I still have a lot to learn, but I don't feel like a complete rookie anymore.

06-23-2011, 11:01 PM
Just had my first swarms of the season yesterday two different ones in the same day.

05-04-2012, 05:58 PM
The Dalles, OR - #7 or so, 15' up in a pine tree - stayed put for almost three days, probably due to drizzle and rain! Bucket on a pruning pole - the ol' bump-n-dump!

05-14-2012, 09:09 PM
4lb swarm in Camas Washington- two snips of an azalea and they were in a deep!

05-15-2012, 03:49 PM
Another 4 pounder in The Dalles Oregon. Had started to move in on an old hive in a shed wall, so I did an impromptu cut-out to grab most of the bees. Homeowner wanted the honey from the old hive - looked pretty gross, so I gave him a strong caution and went on my way with a nice big swarm!

06-03-2012, 06:27 PM
Caught one swarm today from one of my own hives. It was huge at about 5lbs and around 15 ft in an alder tree 25 yards from the "home" hive.


06-13-2012, 03:16 PM
Second swarm in a month, outside of a shed in The Dalles, Oregon. Old hive inside the shed wall keeps drawing them in! So taken two in Camas, Washington in the last couple weeks, as well as started a local trapout today!

07-01-2012, 07:38 PM
Grabbed another one in Camas WA, about three pounds. That's ten for the year so far...

johns bees
07-02-2012, 05:44 PM
caught a swarm today 2 July 2012 this is my first swarm Eatonville Washington

07-08-2012, 01:12 AM
My wife collected her first - about five lbs - in The Dalles Oregon tonight!

06-01-2013, 11:12 PM
Caught a swarm today. Temperature was in the high 60's after some drizzly days last week. Estimated size was about 5-6 lbs.
port ludlow, Washington 98365

06-01-2013, 11:41 PM
Clark/Skamania County, SW Washington - I've picked up six in the last few weeks, passed on one in Wasco Co., Oregon last night. Went to set up a trap out this morning, found a basketball sized swarm up in a tree!

07-01-2013, 11:03 PM
Collected swarm Saturday, 6/29 from shopping cart in supermarket parking lot

in Elmira, NY

04-29-2014, 08:57 PM
4/26 swarm above the apiary..not from the apiary, but live there now...

04-30-2014, 04:52 PM
caught my first swarm of the year 4/28/2014 Kennewick, Wa.

05-03-2014, 03:05 PM
Western Washington State, crazy early for swarms here.


If it's not wild, it's a domestic overwintered queen.

It wouldn't be from a new package or nuc..local folks just got them in 2 weeks ago.

Collected them near Yelm, Wa.

Cooperated nicely and took up some fortified 1:1 ovenight.


Collection box has screened bottom and inner cover for good ventillation during transport and confinement.


05-12-2014, 10:00 PM
My first swarm call ever. 8' up in an apple tree, 5 miles from the house. Sounds like the perfect scenario to cut my teeth.

Vancouver, WA

05-19-2014, 12:05 PM
did you get them?

Sorry dude, didn't purposefully ignore you, been away to the beach for some razor clam digging. I did not get them, unfortunately there was nothing left to get. There were a dozen or so drones and about the same number of workers wandering around a branch. I'm guessing there was a small swarm there a day or few earlier that left some lingering queen pheromone on the branch.

06-06-2014, 11:25 AM
Caught two swarms yesterday. 6/5 in Camas WA, one 3ft off the ground at a private home, and a 15ft swarm near a elementary school.
Both swarms were the size of a football each.

06-06-2014, 08:55 PM
Swarm entered bait hive 12 feet off the ground on May 31, McCleary, WA...about 3 pounds of bees....queen laying eggs already :) Temp in the 70s.

02-19-2015, 05:27 PM
From the research I've done, for Western Washington, it appears that swarm season is Mid April - Mid June.

03-11-2015, 08:47 PM
That's about right for Western Washington, but this year may be earlier with the mild winter we've had...my hives are running about 2-4 weeks ahead of schedule...I have a full western already for heck's sake!

03-27-2015, 05:59 PM
Mine swarmed today, 3/27, around 1:30ish.


04-09-2015, 09:29 PM
April 9th, 2015- Bothell, WA. Swarmed from my hive around 1:00 ish. Temp.59 degree. Clear.

April 5th, 2015 - Bothell, WA. Swarmed around 2:00. Temp.57degree. Clear with some clouds.

05-14-2015, 01:18 PM
One of my hives swarmed around April 28 2015 because I was not behind the eight ball this year, everything happening early this year in the state of WA, I have since made eight splits to head of future loses.

06-09-2015, 11:32 AM
:(I had one too Yesterday
June 8 about 3 pounds of bees still in my tree, hopefully my girls will come down to my swarm trap, boo, If I loose this one too ,its number 4 . I caught one two flew away. im hopeing this one will stay :lookout:

06-26-2015, 08:38 AM
Date: June 25, 2015
Location: Seattle, WA
Weather: HOT, the hottest day this week so far, mid 80's. Not too humid.
Origin: My hive

06-26-2015, 08:40 AM
June 25, 2015
HOT!! Peak hot day of the week. Mid 80's and humid but not too humid.
Seattle, WA
Swarm came from my own hive

06-27-2015, 08:26 PM
June 27, 2015 (7:15 PM)
HOT 85-90 degrees.
Seattle, WA
Swarm came from my own hive, the same as mentioned above.

02-09-2016, 11:03 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.

03-27-2016, 12:48 PM
Deleted (wrong forum, sorry!)

04-14-2016, 06:35 PM
I've been told that there's been a few swarms in Lewis County. A fellow I know got one today about 25 feet up in Chehalis, WA today. He said he got the call about 2:00 this afternoon, but not sure where they came from. In all likelihood they came from a feral colony.

05-07-2016, 08:29 AM
Got my first swarm today in Tenino, Thurston County.It was pretty simple 15 yards from the parent hive in a 5' tall tree

05-10-2017, 10:24 AM
Eastern Washington
May 9, 2017 (05/09/17)
Small swarm - they covered just over one side of a deep frame. Probably +1000 bees.

06-03-2017, 07:58 AM
Central Washington
June 2, 2017 (06/02/17)
Fair-sized swarm... maybe 5-6,000 bees (2.5-3 deep frames). Saw the queen.

04-13-2018, 05:31 PM
Central WA. 4/10/18 My friend caught it but gifted it to me as she had enough colonies. Saw on a local page someone found one this past weekend.

07-14-2018, 06:02 PM
I inspected my two hives today. In one hive, I found a virgin-queen like bee and a bunch of swarm cells at different stages, capped or still open, and in the other, no queen and a bunch of swarm cells. The former hive was split (by removing the old queen to a nuc) on 5/27, and when I inspected it on 6/23, I saw a new laying queen and no capped brood. I had not inspected the other hive, after it was vertically split on 6/3 (the old queen in the upper half). I did not think the new queens would swarm this soon, and after I thought the blackberry flow was over.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

07-02-2019, 03:11 PM
Snohomish, WA

This is the same hive.

Event Date Notes
swarm 05/08/19 Swarm returned to hive. Mentor confirmed when we saw queen next day of split
split 05/09/19 left original queen in hive, moved frames brood and 2 QC to new deep *Hive B)
swarm 06/13/19 swarmed to willow, too late to capture
swarm 06/24/19 captured to deep with 1 drawn comb
swarm 06/26/19 captured to NUC with 5 undrawn frames
swarm 06/29/19 Flew to cedar tree. Did not capture. After full inspection, Hive 1 was honeybound. Moved full deep frames of honey to third deep above brood chambers, checker-boarded undrawn frames in the bottom and top brood chambers. Found about 6 full quueen cells and 5 opened queen cells where the queens had emerged.