Re: Trapping 2020 - success rate?
I have caught over 22, this does not includes a few already confirmed fails. And at least one of the 22 had no brood at inspection. I set out a fraction of what I set out in the past because three years of queen rearing gave me overwintered divides with new queens to fill up all my stands. And 25 buckets of unsold honey is no stimulation to fill more hives or produce more crop. I caught one in a five frame trap with only one black comb and four foundationless combs. I caught another on half gross old plastic combs and the other half waxed Randy Oliver Drone Trapping frames. It always surprises me that 10-15% of baited swarms do not take. I am also having big problems with hives not producing replacement queens after swarming.
Oh yeah, my favorite came into a pile of empty 8 frames supers, right next to several baited traps. Picture taken after shaking onto drawn combs and boxes separated with a bottom board.
All of my opinions and suggestions are based on my five decades of actual beekeeping,
not so much on book learning, watching YouTube videos nor reading internet sites.