Re: Feral Swarms???
I've heard this before only in Urbana, Illinois. Bee tree with feral bees that had been casting swarms for years.
Originally Posted by bee keeper chef
First season back into bees I was led to that bee tree that reportedly had "survivors" in it.
The tree owner swore there had been bees in the tree for many years. My mentor had been catching swarms from it "for years".
The reason was the cavity was so small that it swarmed constantly.
City cut the tree.
So we took the "survivor bees" with plans of building an apiary out of them. Ironically the swarms cast by another beeks package bees were way better at surviving. Slowly over a period of three years them "feral" tree bees died off despite my best efforts. I'd split them and had several colonies that never really made any honey and didn't survive too well. Lucky I had a plan B.
Not exactly convinced that feral bees are survivors.
There's a house in town that has the same exact story. Want the address?
They're expecting a free cutout.
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