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« Reply #120 on: April 20, 2014, 08:40:24 PM »

another one today. 
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« Reply #121 on: April 20, 2014, 09:24:10 PM »

Where is the greenface emoticon for Jealous???
I need it.
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« Reply #122 on: April 20, 2014, 09:27:03 PM »

i think they're all afterswarms from hives i split to avoid swarms hjohn.  it's actually messing me up.  i had 2 or 3 generations worth of history memorized for all my queens.  now i have wild cards.
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« Reply #123 on: April 22, 2014, 04:04:07 PM »

A couple of days ago I went to my bee yard and bees were flying everywhere. Then I saw two swarms moving off, higher over the trees and gone. I also noticed a small clump of bees on the ground next to another hive. Maybe a couple of hundred bees. I thought, OK I  must have dropped some comb with honey on it and these bees were taking advantage. The next day, same thing only now the clump was double in size. Well today the clump was 2 feet by 2 feet and 5 inches thick! Dang! Is this a swarm? On the ground? Its been raining all night! Sure enough as I slowly sifted ( gloved fingers) through the bees, there she was. A marked queen from last years new hive! I placed the queen and a bunch of workers in a hive box. I set the box next to the swarm and now all are marching into their new home.

Is this rare for swarms to go to the ground like this?
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« Reply #124 on: April 22, 2014, 09:46:01 PM »

The theory is that the queen isn't used to flying so when they swarm they may not go far before they land. Then she rests and off they go again. In this case she may have left the hive way too early and was too heavy to fly.
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« Reply #125 on: April 22, 2014, 10:47:13 PM »

Got my first ever yesterday. There were about 100 bees clustered on the outside of a two story balcony. I brushed them into a box and saw bees through a 3/16 or less crack in the boards. I thought they had already moved in but when I got to the ground, I stumbled and hit the hedge bushes. Bees flew everywhere and I saw them re-cluster. I moved that cluster into the box on the second story and they immediately started fanning. I checked today and they have totally abandoned the house. I guess the queen couldn't fit through the crack so the homeowner and I both got lucky. Hooked for life!!
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« Reply #126 on: April 22, 2014, 11:11:49 PM »

Hey yall, Im new here. Cumberland Va. Caught my first swarm today. It was huge. In a cherry tree above my neighbors hives. I had an extra box so I was able to capture them. Im thinking he dosent want to grow over his 2 existing hives so tommorrow, I will find out, I will raise them and give him the surplus honey. Had to climb the ladder twice, first trip I must have left her up there. Second trip the bees were flocking to the box and lots of fanning going on. Will see tommorrow I suppose. Thanks G
Well, I tried to post some images of this giant swarm, but got red flagged, huh I will share them somewhere else. Great beekeeping to you all, thought I had found another forum to frequent

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« Reply #127 on: April 22, 2014, 11:30:33 PM »

Welcome biggraham!
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« Reply #128 on: Today at 02:49:23 AM »


Well, I tried to post some images of this giant swarm, but got red flagged, huh I will share them somewhere else. Great beekeeping to you all, thought I had found another forum to frequent


Hi and welcome to the forum!

We actually have a very good reason to enforce the moderator inclusion of pictures for new members.  During the years we have had a lot of spam images in this forum posted by both bots (automatic posting) and humans.  The forum is quite well ranked in google, and thus is a target for spam images. We work hard to keep this forum in good shape, and not ruined by porn and other spam images. This makes it a bit inconvenient to post images for new members, but it will not take too long for a new member to be able to post images.
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« Reply #129 on: Today at 10:53:59 AM »

Got a call yesterday for 2 swarms in a town about 45 minutes from the house. The swarms were miles apart. Decided to go catch them. About 20 minutes before i got there, the homeowner called me to tell me that her swarm flew off. I looked around the neighborhood, but couldnt find them.

The second swarm was still there. They came out of a commercial beek friends, hive. He sent me after them. The swarm was too big for a nuc, so i taped a two deep nuc bodies together. I dropped the swarm cluster in the box, then carried it about 20 feet away, to level ground. I went back over twice to dump clusters in a bucket, then dumped the bucket in front of the hive. After an hour, only about a cup of bees were still on the front of the box. Sealed her up, and brought her home. I put syrup out this morning.

I also went to check a swarm trap near a bee tree, yesterday evening. There were at least a dozen scout bees  checking out the box. Crossed fingers. If that box catches a swarm in the next few days, that will be my first. I was so excited when i saw all tue traffic at the box. Thought it was occupied, at first.
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