Built a 3"X3"X12" tube box when I was 7 or 8. Screen at one end, makeshift flapper door at the other. I would place the open end over a clover flower, they were every where and it seemed there was a bee on every one- how times change, the bee would fly up toward the light and I could close the door and look for a bit and turn her loose. I wanted hives but I was without the means. Then 18-25 Marines, 25-27 college and so on and no bees. Bought a farm, then got some new unassembled hive bodies at auction, finally in 2005 I started catching swarms. Three that year, none came through the winter. Three in 2006, 2 alive in January 2007, dead in Mar-April. Caught 2 swarms last year, one left the same afternoon. The other was humming as of yesterday , but is a 10 frame NUC I guess you would say. I have 4 pkgs ordered for early May. I think the wait made it more profound for me.
Posted on: February 22, 2008, 10:48:25 PM
Posted by: Moonshae
Sorry for your losses but if we don't know what region your in we can't advice .