Had a coworker tell me about the swarm in his wife's rose bush... yesterday. I'm a day late and a dollar short.
I got a swarm Monday in front of City Hall. I give a card to the water department, because swarms love those in ground meter boxes. The lady called and I asked if the bees were in a meter she said "no, they are in the bush next to our front door". Easiest swarm capture yet, 2 feet off the ground, put the box under, shook the branch ,and away I went.
5-6 pound swarm
The swarm came from the same tree hive that I got 2 swarms from last year.
First swarm call of the year.
EDIT: I just looked back on my posts from last year on this thread and not only is it a swarm from the same hive in the same tree as last year, IT'S ON THE SAME DAY OF THE YEAR. That is just too cool.
1st stop was the same Crepe Myrtle shrub they went to last year.
Boaz AL 35957
Apparently swarm from same tree as yesterday.
I was contacted at 9:00 am and the swarm was gone when I got there.
a small swarm just issued from one of my hives but i was too late to see which hive. it was flying straight for the trap i've got set, but settled into some bramble about 50 yards away from the trap. the scouts are all over the trap so we'll see what happens. i've got several colonies superceding their queens at this time and i believe this swarm is one of those old queens with a small contingent of loyal subjects.
Flat Rock, AL
Swarm from cutdown split we did 21 days ago.
Caught it and put it into a Warre hive.
:thumbsup: What set up are you using in the trap?
deep 5 over 5
bottom box empty
top box with one frame old brood comb in the middle, flanked by wired foundationless frames, flanked by plastic foundation frames.
q tip with lemongrass oil on one end and queen juice on the other end.
relocate on day 5 and add frames to bottom box or transfer to 10 frame box.
10-4. Thanks. Home made queen juice? You think they're from your hives or a feral?
home made. not sure, this swarm looks bigger hanging off the hive than the little one i saw in the air yesterday, but looks can be deceiving. it's possible that it came from one of my neighbor's hives that are treatment free but he hasn't been into his since taking honey off last year.
A little catch up:
4/1/17: swarm from #3 hive, a medium strength hive on check 2 weeks before. I cut out queen cells as most of them were emerging. I caged 12 virgins. All cells were in the middle of frames, and none on the edge. I walking by the hives when they started pouring out. I caught the swarm by luring them to a steel pole with HBH.
4/10/17: swarm from my hive #10 ( 2 deeps and 2 medium supers of brood.). I cut out 12 queen cells. I was late I didn't check all of the boxes. They went 30 feet into the "swarm tree".
4/16/17: secondary swarm from hive #10. Apparently with a mated queen, I seen eggs 4 days later. I cut out 15 queen cells out of lower deep box. All but one emerged minutes after cutting them out. Second time this year, I watched virgins emerge while trying to cut out cells. They went 30 feet into the "swarm tree". This time I put up scaffolding, but by the time I was climbing up the scaffold they flew off. I caught them in another tree.
4/8/17: swarm call. A 5-6 lb swarm waist high. I knocked them in box, talked to home owner for 20 minutes, and went home. I wish they were all that easy.
Flat Rock, AL
Other half of bungled split (forager part that made new queen) swarmed also.
Caught most of them bearding at the parent hive entrance, rest of them on a nearby fence post.
Decent sized swarm collected in a bush later moved into a swarm trap that was hung up about 30 yards away.
Asbury, AL 35951
Swarm from a long lived feral colony in the wall of a church.
Went into 5 over 5 trap baited with one frame of drawn comb, 4 frames with Acorn starter stips and Swarm Commander.
good catch brad! i like the idea of the frames with starter strips. with that approach i would likely go ahead and put all 10 frames in the trap.
the wait 5 days to add the frames to the lower box turned out to be a little bit too long with my latest catch and the intense flow we are having, as there was more than a little bit of comb drawn below the bottom bars in the top box before i added the frames to the bottom box.
5/7/17 and 5/10/17
Flat Rock, AL
Caught both. Gave the 2nd one to neighbors who are thrilled to become new beekeepers.