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    Default North Carolina

    Caught 7 swarms total this week. 5 were from my colonies. I watched 2 swarm from my boxes and followed them into the swamp. There was another swarm hanging in a tree nearby. By the time I got woodware ready for 3 swarms the 2 from my colonies came together. I had to make a pallet bridge to reach them. They had combined into 1 swarm at this point about 10 feet off the ground. I got the biggest swarm ever. They filled a 10 frame deep so they got a second box, wow!

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    Whoops, 28401 about 1030am Wilmington. For some reason I cant edit my previous post.

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    Got a swarm call in the 28409 area. Late afternoon took the ladder, a 2inch pvc pipe taped to a 5 gallon bucket and a 10 frame deep. I jarred the limb with the pvc pipe and in the bucket they went and dumped the bucket into the box. Got the queen right off the bat and into the box went the rest of the girls. Took about 30 minutes total. Swarm came from a front porch column. Owner will call me when they replace/repair column in the near future to get the colony inside.

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    Anybody know when to look for swarms in Western North Carolina? I'm in the Asheville area.

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    Had a huge swarm appear about 45 feet up in a tree near my bee yard in the 28401 area. Time was about 9AM. I can't get close to them since they are in the swamp. I recovered a swarm in the same area awhile back that was lower and closer to solid ground. I paid for it dearly as I was covered from the neck down in chiggers the next day. I put out 2 swarm traps to possibly lure them in.

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    Had a small swarm in the bee yard that landed on another colony. They were on the front of the box for about 5 minutes and went inside.

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    Default Re: North Carolina

    possibly related to supercedure or usurpation. do you have drones flying in wilmington yet?

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    Yes we were getting hit by drones going on mating flights Saturday.

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    Default Re: North Carolina

    interesting. no drones here yet.

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    So carolins here. Most drones we've ever seen in our hives. Only 4th year, so that might not mean much.

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    Default Re: North Carolina

    i've noticed that the carolina coasts are consistently ahead of most of the rest of the southeast in terms of blooms and swarms. must be the warming effect of the ocean.

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    Got a big swarm Monday at 28401, about 1PM. Swarm was in a Willow tree spread between 1 and 3 feet off the ground. I put a ten frame box underneath and swept them in with my bee brush. Everybody was in the box inside 15 minutes. Moved to the bee yard and installed a second deep. Checked today and they are drawing comb like crazy.

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    Got another 2 swarms, 10 frame boxes at 28401 yesterday and one today, nuc box. Caught a huge swarm at 28451 in Brunswick county 2 10 frame boxes.

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    Had a swarm Thursday. Some bees poured out of the entrance onto the ground like water. Maybe the queen could not fly. Some of the others went into the old ragged 10 frame deep I had sitting on top of their hive, fanning at the entrance.
    After a little time passed they seem like they went back into the hive. I thought maybe they would swarm again the next day while I was gone and possibly lose them. I went through the hive and ironically found 3 frames with two cells a piece at the bottom of the frames. I left the original hive two queen cells and made a walk away split with about half of the hive then made a 3 frame split with the other frame of queen cells. The 3 frame split was cleaning their front porch a few minutes later. I wonder if I did the split fast enough after they returned that they think they swarmed.

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    Sorry I forgot to tell my location. It is west Asheville

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