Western Ky: 8-27-13 Caught a small swarm, about size of two softballs, Put em in a 5 frame Nuc and marked queen. They were on bottom of park bench, at an Elementary School. They were happy to get rid of em. I was glad to get em :-)
Bowling Green, KY
4/11/15 at noon, sunny and clear
One of my backyard hives swarmed and I walked by as they were taking flight. Managed to quickly bait shrubs and tree limb where they were buzzing about with Bee Charm gel (wish I could find some more of that!). They landed on a tree trunk about 2 feet off the ground. I was watching them gather and putting a hive together while they clustered and settled. While I had my back turned they flew 25' up into the crown of the tree. This was within 40 minutes of the beginning of the swarm. I managed to retrieve them with the help of some of my beekeeping friends, an extension ladder and a swarm catching bucket on a long PVC extension!
Last edited by mlboling44; 04-14-2015 at 02:21 PM.
Bowling Green KY 42101
4/17/15. 4 pm
Sunny after a mostly cloudy day
Large swarm of unknown origin landed on hemlock tree trunk. Brushed into a box and hived with an entrance excluder. Bees were still unsettled today. I think they would leave if not for the excluder.
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.
Tuesday evening ksp107 sent me a text of a swarm he caught not to far from my house. After ksp107 caught his swarm I thought it would be good idea to put a cardboard nuc box with some frames in the car. Well it paid off yesterday I got a text that said bees everywhere. Luckily I was about a mile away and got there to make an easy catch. Hopefully they like their new home. Time to get them swarm traps out.
40391, Clark County, 4/14/16, just after lunch time.
Beautiful sunny warm day in the 60's after a week of chilly and some rainy weather. From one of my own hives. Easy to catch in a small white pine tree. I'd been seeing swarm cells in different hives and had been doing some splits but some swarms still happen. Glad to catch them though.
4/16/16, Clark County, 40391, not sure what time of day.
Sheesh, this is 3rd swarm in 3 days. Glad to catch them but ready for them to stop. I was out of town but my wife texted me a picture of swarm in small white pine tree. I got home late last night so went out first thing this morning and put them in hive box and put on hive stand. Beautiful sunny weather yesterday and today, in the 70's.
New guy. Not sure if was mine that swarmed or not. Still activity at my box. Neighbor asked if my bees were ok. Still seen activity at my box and told him as far as I know they are good. Said he had a swarm about 3 feet up in his dodwood. Was not prepared but had an empty nuc that I got three weeks ago from my first bees. Hopefully they will stay. Photos soon. Time to assemble other hive!