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What the heck, 2021 is here!
Before you know it, swarms will start flying down South.
Here is a place to discuss and brag (and cry) about 2021 swarm chasing season.
 

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AR1, I am not sure if plucking bees out of the snow qualifies as "trapping". :unsure:
 

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I have visions of AR1 carrying those poor little bees back out to the hive, trudging through knee deep snow and battling a howling wind. Or maybe he just used a flyswatter? :eek:
 

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My daughter wanted me to do just that. She relented when I told her some bees still in the hive would fly out and probably die. I did put them in a cup with some moist sugar, but they only lasted a day. I imagine the ones who leave the hive in this weather are probably the ones ready to go anyway.
 

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Second swarm capture. Didn’t get a pic of first one I found last Friday then this one yesterday both found while driving. Keep your eyes peeled 👀.
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Greg maybe edit the name to trapping/catches 2021 😀
I can not change it now - too late.
But this is kind of in line with the previous annual trapping topics.
This is our third year (or is it forth?) - don't remember; need to look.

OK; looked; we had these named "Trapping 2020 - success rate?" and so on..
Anyway, I originally envisioned the specific rate of success of the trapping to be discussed (and exchange of ideas how to improve the trapping).
But anything goes to help the "beeple" to brag about.
If you want to brag about chasing after swarm with an empty pillow case and still nailing them - then go ahead and brag away. :)

NOW - the is my own brand new brain child - beeple.
I did not copy it from anywhere. It just happened.
The new and the original word - as documented by this post.
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So I setup 9 trap locations (2 traps on some sites).
Too lazy to bother with more.
Every single trap on the ground (save for the back porch).

Will see how it goes with this very long and cold spring.
The dandelions and orchards went largely wasted - too cold.
Hopefully, the swarm pressure is building up.

Just today, (May 18th - finally!), there was the first local message about a swarm on a tree.
It is raining outside again.
Will go around checking on the weekend.
Fingers crossed.
 

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Have not seen a single bee enter any of my traps yet, except the dead out that is being cleaned out.
 

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Have not seen a single bee enter any of my traps yet, except the dead out that is being cleaned out.
Me neither.
Everything is just dead so far.

At least in one place I know there are bees - while setting a trap in honey-suckle thicket I saw bees foraging right next to my trap. No interest.

On my back porch location I had tons of bees working the mountain ash tree - right next to the trap - zero interest.
 

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Me neither.
Everything is just dead so far.

At least in one place I know there are bees - while setting a trap in honey-suckle thicket I saw bees foraging right next to my trap. No interest.

On my back porch location I had tons of bees working the mountain ash tree - right next to the trap - zero interest.
 

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An Apiary client wanted their hives off their property for a party. We stored them at our shop. Employee was eating lunch when their best hive swarmed, a five year heritage Bweaver. The swarm was padgened and three queencell divides made. The client will get back three additional colonies.




 
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This season is starting slow around my area.
Last year by now I already had at least 3 swarms.
Still nothing.
It feels as if not many bees made it through the last winter (the local chatter seems to support this).

Only observed strong scouting in one out of 9 traps yesterday (pictured).
Fingers crossed.
I could really use some bees soon here if to try my queen raising experiments this year.
 

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Huh...
Maybe the Northern swarming is heating up too.
Noticed scouting going around a nuc freely standing just outside of my basement window.
Talking of unconventional trapping locations.
This is addictive - I keep checking the progress.... :)
 

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LOL nice location for a swarm trap, now anybody can watch the bees safely. I like it!
 
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