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Is there a relationship between the summer solstice and swarms, like that's when they peak? - Mike
 

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Well, clearly the swarm season down south is largely over.
It has been done for weeks and months.
Just some follow-ups and absconds and such left.

The summer solstice, on the other hand, is here and now (still pretty much is).

So that is your answer right there.
 

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Mike, our swarm season here in Virginia runs largely from April 1st through mid June. In other words, our prime season is a month past and any swarms now are more unusual but not rare.
 

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I would only add, as posited here on this forum before that there does appear to be a correlation between Growing-Degree-Days and swarming activity such that if you were looking for a metric to forecast when you might expect swarms year-over-year this might be one of the more reliable ways to do so.
 

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In the Bee Forum section there is a subsection "Post Your Swarm Dates".

It is organized by state. Find your state & skim it. That will give you a general idea about swarms for your location.
 

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With my hives there seems to be a direct correlation between putting my luggage in my trunk and pulling out of the driveway to go on vacation and them deciding its time to bug out. J
 

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My idea of vacation is putting my wife's luggage in the car and me staying home to play with the bees. Seriously, you need to get your priorities in order.:D

But back to the solstice, now is the time to be making queens for next year's production hives. There is a strong belief that queens mated after the summer soltice will be the best producers. I read it on the internet so I know it is true.
 

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My idea of vacation is putting my wife's luggage in the car and me staying home to play with the bees. Seriously, you need to get your priorities in order.:D

But back to the solstice, now is the time to be making queens for next year's production hives. There is a strong belief that queens mated after the summer soltice will be the best producers. I read it on the internet so I know it is true.
JW - you pose an interest logistics question. For each queen to be raised, you need supporting resources at least temporarily. To keep her going, she needs to have a hive. As I understand your statement, you are going to need a hive (or a hive in sections) per queen. A nuc per queen would be too small . Correct? - Mike
 

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With my hives there seems to be a direct correlation between putting my luggage in my trunk and pulling out of the driveway to go on vacation and them deciding its time to bug out. J
I got a good laugh out of that. :)
 

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A nuc is the perfect size to raise your queens that will be over wintered and then hived next spring. I over wintered nine nucs and and all survived. I let one starve in late March, beekeeper error, because they diid not have enough stores for spring build up.
 
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