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Offline sawdstmakr

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My first trapped swarm
« on: March 14, 2012, 11:07:42 PM »
I set out 2 swarm traps, one in my yard and one in my neighbor, Jim's yard. On Sunday we thought they swarmed out of the Squirrel box hive that I received late last year on a swarm call in November. There were hundreds of bees in the air but no ball formed. There were bees all crowded at the entrance to the swarm trap in Jim's yard but when we checked it after dark it was empty. On Monday they did the same thing to the swarm trap in my yard but again when we checked it that night it was empty. We never did see a swarm hanging any where but a large mass of bees would come out of the hive and spin around and then large numbers would land on the traps and go in. We thought we had lost the swarms. My father in law told me there was a good chance that all we saw was the scouts checking them out. On Tuesday when I came home from work, Jim and I went back and checked on the Squirrel hive. It looked a little quieter than usual but was still rather busy. The swarm trap in my yard was empty. We walked ofer to Jim's yard and imeaditely saw a large beard hanging on it. Below are a couple of videos that I took of it. The first on was taken with my I phone and you will have to turn up the volume to max to here it. The other 2 were taken with my new camera. I hope you enjoy them.
Jim
Swarm 3

Bee Swarming
Bee Swarm 2
« Last Edit: March 15, 2012, 01:02:51 PM by Robo »
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Re: My first trapped swarm
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2012, 01:13:46 AM »
Congrats!

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Re: My first trapped swarm
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2012, 01:30:07 AM »
nice catch jim.         
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Re: My first trapped swarm
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2012, 01:46:07 AM »
Good one! Thanks for posting.

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Re: My first trapped swarm
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2012, 12:52:08 PM »
COOL!

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Re: My first trapped swarm
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2012, 02:53:59 PM »
Nice

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Re: My first trapped swarm
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2012, 10:06:52 PM »
Sweet.

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Re: My first trapped swarm
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2012, 12:27:39 PM »
Thanks for posting your videos.

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Re: My first trapped swarm
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2012, 12:29:17 PM »
Thanks all, they are still in the 6 frame nuc trap. The second day they were so active that I thought they were being robbed. I'm pretty sure it was massive orientation flights. Is that normal?
Jim
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