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« on: July 18, 2012, 11:56:41 AM »

Here are a few pictures of swarms from this year

https://plus.google.com/photos/116822367552643196211/albums/5766497221043967201
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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2012, 12:45:41 PM »

Looking good.   Great pics.
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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2012, 10:31:30 PM »

Looks like a couple of really nice ones there Rob. Details? How large and what have they done for you this season?


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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2012, 10:27:37 AM »

Sweet!  I'd be interested in the details too.  What was inside the boxes?  (Frames?) Did you use any bait?  How long were the traps set before catching a swarm?
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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2012, 02:49:48 PM »

They have 5 frames in them (4 foundationless and 1 old comb) and a vial of homemade swarm lure.   Some of the larger looking ones where probably in the traps a month or so before I got to them.  (Note to self:  don't rely on the homeowner to notice activity until they are boiling over and ready to swarm)    They drew out all 4 foundationless frames AND built comb on the bottom of the frames (~ medium frame size).   Had one that was queenless and a laying work, but all the rest seem to be doing really well.  Have one with a queen that is missing a front leg,  but she is laying like crazy and they seem to be happy with her, at least for now.

All but one chose the larger 30L trap over a smaller 20L trap.   Also had a swarm move into the ceiling of an old chicken coop, rejecting the trap hanging on the coop ~10 feet from them.
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« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2012, 07:06:28 AM »

So you usually hang a 30L trap and a 20L trap next to each other?
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« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2012, 09:19:51 AM »

So you usually hang a 30L trap and a 20L trap next to each other?
Collecting some data this year.
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« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2012, 12:05:37 PM »

Pretty cool.
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