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dfizer
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« on: June 27, 2013, 10:14:02 PM »

Hello - I got a swarm call late this evening just as it started to get dark and interestingly enough it started to rain pretty heavily at almost the exact same time.  What does a swarm do in the rain?  Will they seek some sort of shelter? 

Should I expect them to be there in the am?

Please advise!

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« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2013, 10:24:20 PM »

They will be there, and likely armed to the teeth. Be well dressed.

They will form a ball and spread their wings to cover each other and the rain will shed off them like a duck. They will be fightin' mad and ready to do war as soon as it stops raining.
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« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2013, 10:31:20 PM »

Thanks iddee - I never considered the change in disposition but it make perfect sense.  It kind of reminds me of the saying "mad as a wet hornet". 

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« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2013, 10:00:11 PM »

I just did a swarm removal, it was lightly raining. I donned me veil and gloves thinking they would be mad. I didn't find them too testy. Just lucky I guess. They had been there 24 hours and weathered a significant rain storm that night. I go them just before it cleared up completely. No Stings. Hope yours turns out as well
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« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2013, 02:39:23 AM »

I though the proper analogy was; 'madder than an old wet hen'?  Maybe I got my analogies mixed up again.

As the others have said, the bees just aren't smart enough to get in out of bad weather. Sad  That can be a problem in our northern climates if we get a cold rain.  Cold rain does kill bees.  

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