Welcome, Guest

Author Topic: Swarm Trap complete!  (Read 4011 times)

Offline Bleemus

  • New Bee
  • *
  • Posts: 20
  • Gender: Male
Swarm Trap complete!
« on: December 03, 2011, 06:27:41 PM »
After reading Honeybee Democracy I decided to build a swarm trap that took into account all of Dr Seelys research.

The only real difference is that I made the length perfect for a frame so that I could put one or two frames in it. Seely just tested putting chunks of comb in the box. As you can see from the photo there is considerable space under the frames and that is intentional so they have an easier time measuring the volume.


 
This is the entrance. 1.25" hole with a nail through it.
 

 
This is the bottom. I added feet and behind that piece of wood in the middle is a screen ventilation hole. After a swarm is captured and I screen the entrance I will remove the board allowing good ventilation for transport.
 

 
Add a cover that has some screws to secure it and I am ready for some hunting!!
 
« Last Edit: December 03, 2011, 07:02:57 PM by Robo »

Offline adamant

  • House Bee
  • **
  • Posts: 342
  • Gender: Male
Re: Swarm Trap complete!
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2011, 01:47:56 PM »
good job..

Online bud1

  • Field Bee
  • ***
  • Posts: 767
  • Gender: Male
Re: Swarm Trap complete!
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2011, 06:35:42 PM »
looks good, make them as light as you can where you can flip a weight over a limb and just pull it up, then when you see activity, just let it down
to bee or not to bee

Offline Bleemus

  • New Bee
  • *
  • Posts: 20
  • Gender: Male
Re: Swarm Trap complete!
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2011, 06:40:18 PM »
Thanks guys. I do plan on adding a loop of rope to the hole in the mounting stick so I can hook a carabiner into it and lower it from a rope over a branch above. Don't want to be dancing on a ladder with it!!


Offline AllenF

  • Galactic Bee
  • ******
  • Posts: 8192
  • Gender: Male
Re: Swarm Trap complete!
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2011, 08:03:47 PM »
Looks great.

Offline jaseemtp

  • House Bee
  • **
  • Posts: 330
  • Gender: Male
Re: Swarm Trap complete!
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2011, 11:05:34 PM »
That is a nice looking swarm trap.
"It's better to die upon your feet than to live upon your knees!" Zapata

Offline adamant

  • House Bee
  • **
  • Posts: 342
  • Gender: Male
Re: Swarm Trap complete!
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2011, 09:44:39 AM »
nice job.. i just bought the book yesterday.. cant wait to get into it..

Offline jb63

  • New Bee
  • *
  • Posts: 3
  • Gender: Male
Re: Swarm Trap complete!
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2011, 12:43:18 AM »
.  
« Last Edit: December 26, 2011, 08:32:29 AM by Robo »

Offline Country Heart

  • House Bee
  • **
  • Posts: 225
Re: Swarm Trap complete!
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2011, 01:25:35 AM »

    Very nice     X:X 

Offline gov1623

  • House Bee
  • **
  • Posts: 135
  • Gender: Male
Re: Swarm Trap complete!
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2011, 11:19:22 PM »
I just finished building 20 5 frame deep swarm traps for about $30 out of 1/2'' in plywood for sides and 1/4'' for the top and bottom. Built one last year and caught one swarm. Wont let me post the pics because i don't have enough post yet. Anyone know how many post you need to start posting pics.
Who Dat!!!

Offline beee farmer

  • House Bee
  • **
  • Posts: 387
  • Gender: Male
Re: Swarm Trap complete!
« Reply #10 on: December 26, 2011, 09:57:32 PM »
Great swarm trap.
"Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do"  Benjamin Franklin

Offline Titus

  • House Bee
  • **
  • Posts: 59
  • Gender: Male
Re: Swarm Trap complete!
« Reply #11 on: December 27, 2011, 04:43:39 PM »
Your trap looks very nice.  I am imagining the trap being held up by a rope through that hole.  Wouldn't the trap hang a little offset (face down) and would it matter if it swung around a little on the rope?    I plan to make a couple of traps soon.

Offline Intheswamp

  • Queen Bee
  • ****
  • Posts: 1498
    • BeeWeather.com
Re: Swarm Trap complete!
« Reply #12 on: December 27, 2011, 09:42:11 PM »
I think that style of trap is meant to be hung by a large nail or spike.  A rope can also be attached so when it's time to lower it it will be easier.  But, the trap will probably be hanging right against a tree trunk so the bottom portion will be supported and possibly jut out a little bit more than the top rather than hang downward...very little movement, too.  Just my take on it.

Ed
www.beeweather.com 
American blood spilled to protect the freedom and peace of people all over the world.  320,000 USA casualties in WWI, 1,076,000 USA casualties in WWII, 128,000 USA casualties in the Korean War, 211,000 casualties in the Vietnam "conflict", 57,000 USA casualties in "War on Terror".  Benghazi, Libya, 13 USA casualties. These figures don't include 70,000 MIA.  But, the leaders of one political party of the United States of America continue to make the statement..."What difference does it make?".

"We can't expect the American People to jump from Capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of Socialism, until they awaken one day to find that they have Communism."..."The press is our chief ideological weapon." - Nikita Khrushchev

"Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they wont come to yours." - Yogi Berra

Offline ScooterTrash

  • House Bee
  • **
  • Posts: 82
  • Gender: Male
  • ScooterTrash Forever
    • Vince & Pat's Apiaries
Re: Swarm Trap complete!
« Reply #13 on: December 28, 2011, 01:51:50 PM »
Now that's the cat's meow. Thks
I don't suffer from insanity; I enjoy every minute of it.

www.VPBEES.com

Offline yockey5

  • Field Bee
  • ***
  • Posts: 677
  • Gender: Male
Re: Swarm Trap complete!
« Reply #14 on: December 28, 2011, 03:02:05 PM »
Looks very good.

Offline Geoff

  • Field Bee
  • ***
  • Posts: 657
  • Gender: Male
Re: Swarm Trap complete!
« Reply #15 on: December 28, 2011, 04:26:20 PM »
Anybody that wants advice on swarm traps talk to Bud. He catches them and Schawee finds the queens !!!
Local Area Network in Australia - the LAN down under.

Offline RC

  • House Bee
  • **
  • Posts: 260
  • Gender: Male
Re: Swarm Trap complete!
« Reply #16 on: December 29, 2011, 08:17:19 AM »
What's the purpose of the nail thru the entrance?

Offline Robo

  • Technical
  • Administrator
  • Galactic Bee
  • *******
  • Posts: 6503
  • Gender: Male
  • Beekeep On!
    • Robo's World
Re: Swarm Trap complete!
« Reply #17 on: December 29, 2011, 08:29:53 AM »
What's the purpose of the nail thru the entrance?

To prevent birds from making a bird house out of it
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work." - Thomas Edison



 

anything