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Caught my first swarm by putting a Nuc with 5 empty frames and lemongrass oil in our Bee Yard with 3 hives. I plan on doing this with at least 1 or 2 nucs every swarm season from here on.
 

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I am asking geeks if they would witch where they catch swarms. It is my belief, as well as other geeks, that swarms target magnetic veins in the earth. I did this with three different locations where I took swarms last year and each was on a vein.
 

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I am asking geeks if they would witch where they catch swarms. It is my belief, as well as other geeks, that swarms target magnetic veins in the earth. I did this with three different locations where I took swarms last year and each was on a vein.
interesting, do you think a hive may perform better on a magnetic vein? More honey, survive winters better, etc.
 

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I am asking geeks if they would witch where they catch swarms. It is my belief, as well as other geeks, that swarms target magnetic veins in the earth. I did this with three different locations where I took swarms last year and each was on a vein.
I interesting .
 

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Do you think you're more likely to catch one of your own, or a swarm from outside the apiary? I, too, put up a nuc swarm trap near my hives. I know there are other colonies in the area, at times, I've had Italians try to rob my weak Carniolan splits, so there must be scouts/foragers coming to visit from time to time.
 

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I built a bunch of traps that are basically the D. Coates nuc except in an 8 frame size with a telescoping cover. I use one old brood frame and a combination of foundationless frames and some foundation on the outsides. They seem to like the open space that foundationless frames give. My most successful locations have been 200 to 500 yards from the parent hive/apiary. It seems like their natural reproductive impulse takes them a little ways away from the parent hive. But it's like fishing. You might catch one anywhere at any time as long as you have your bait in the water.
 

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Magnetic vein??? I'm with you SCPOSSUM, I have no idea either. Maybe it's like snipe hunting at night:kn:??? Wikipedia didn't even have an answer. Could someone impress me with their knowledge? juzzer
 

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I think it has something to do with underground rivers and aquaducts? And how the earth's energy flows in certain places. That is all I have found on the subject. I do have a place at the farm that lightning hits over and over. Always thought that was peculiar. Responsible for losing 10 or so huge pines, one massive persimmon, and a packhouse.
 

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There was a link posted around here not too long ago where a website claimed that if you put your hives on these lines your hive would make so much more honey and your bees would be mite free. They might have been selling something too.
 
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