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« on: May 03, 2012, 07:22:30 PM »

Hi everyone.

I have my traps set out and I can see bees going in and out. My question is, how do you recognize scouts from a swarm if you missed the swarm moving in the box? One of my boxes is very busy and I can see foragers carrying pollen inside so I assume they are moved in. One of my other boxes was pretty busy this afternoon but now it has slowed down and the amount of bees is lot less. I have seen pictures and videos of swarms all over the box moving slowly in but what if you miss it? How do you know they have moved in?

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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2012, 07:31:35 PM »

Watch it over the next few days,  if you see similar activity as your hives,  then there is a colony in there.
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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2012, 07:39:25 PM »

Shake the trap.   If bees come boiling out, then there is a hive in there.
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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2012, 07:56:48 PM »

Scouts don't carry pollen. Take that one down and hive it.

Look in the other one. You will see quickly if there's a swarm in it.
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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2012, 08:11:16 PM »

Hi everyone.

I have my traps set out and I can see bees going in and out. My question is, how do you recognize scouts from a swarm if you missed the swarm moving in the box? One of my boxes is very busy and I can see foragers carrying pollen inside so I assume they are moved in. One of my other boxes was pretty busy
 this afternoon but now it has slowed down and the amount of bees is lot less. I have seen pictures and videos of swarms all over the box moving slowly in but what if you miss it? How do you know they have moved in?

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« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2012, 08:46:23 PM »

Thank you guys for the input. I will hive the trap with foragers in it today. Ironically, the second trap I mentioned that was busy earlier and than nothing, as soon as I finished my post and read your responses I went out and checked on it. There were bees all over the entrance of the box and around the tree trunk. Nice little swarm. I watched them piling up on the box and moving inside. So, it looks like I got 2 swarms. I'm a happy guy.

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« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2012, 10:27:02 PM »

Nothing quite like free bees!!!  Hoping they come my way some day.

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« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2012, 10:48:54 PM »

Shake the trap.   If bees come boiling out, then there is a hive in there.
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