missed getting a swarm

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by Omie, May 20, 2012.

  1. Omie

    Omie New Member

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    A friend emailed me today that there was a swarm on his farm and could just got get it. He took a photo. My first swarm!!

    He lives about 45 minute drive away from me, in Mass. My husband and i grabbed a hivebox and veil and smoker and drove over there, but by the time we got there the little swarm was gone, with only a few scout bees buzzing about on the fence rail where it had been. Couldn't find it anywhere nearby.
    :cry: :cry: :cry:
    Boo hoo!!!
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  2. heinleinfan

    heinleinfan New Member

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    Awww, rats Omie. Better luck next swarm!
     

  3. blueblood

    blueblood New Member

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    Ah.........dang! Looked like that was going to be an easy one too!
     
  4. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    a bit puny.... wouldn't you say?

    this year produced some of the largest swarms here in Texas that I have ever seen. not that a good beekeeper's hives ever swarm! :wink:
     
  5. Omie

    Omie New Member

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    Puny...well it was just the perfect size for me I think...especially for a first swarm!
    Just give me a good queen and it'll be a big strong hive in no time. :smile:
     
  6. bamabww

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    My first one was about that size Omie. Better luck next time.
     
  7. Barbarian

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    Hard luck. Never mind there will be others. .:grin:

    At least you have swarms. We have had a long cold wet Spring. Well into May and I have not even heard of a swarm in the area.

    All my calls have been about Bumblebees. :cry: Some folk think "You keep bees ---- I have (Bumble) bees at my home. I expect you to do something about them." !!*****!!
     
  8. barry42001

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    lol and should you try to capture the bumblebees you discover the value of a bee suit and gloves--next to nothing, bumblebees will sting right through most our commonly used stuff.
    Barry
     
  9. PerryBee

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    Of that I have no doubt. Your grasp of beekeeping has been amazing to follow. :thumbsup:
     
  10. Omie

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    Thanks Perry, but I confess that perhaps 'in no time' really means a whole season.... lol!
     
  11. pturley

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    They "usually" bivouac within a short distance of the parent hive (typically well within 100 yards). Did you see the source for these anywhere? Perhaps instead of your first swarm, you may find yourself working on your first trap-out?
     
  12. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    Omie, From the picture, it looks to me like a "bait swarm". As opposed to a "bait hive" that attracts swarms, a "bait swarm" attracts beekeepers. It draws them out of their hives (=homes) and seduces them to go away together with their spouses on a wonderful trip. You gotta look at the full half of the cup. I wish you and your hubby many more enjoyable wild goose/swarm chases. :lol: {Of course, there's nothing wrong if you make the trip and catch the bait swarm too. Better luck next time.}
     
  13. Omie

    Omie New Member

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    Paul- that fence was along a little dirt access road going through a forested area thick with huge trees, many of them hollow. We looked all around the area for a few minutes before leaving, but I imagine the home hive would likely have been high up in a hollow tree, not worth breaking my neck over.

    EF- thanks! We did feel a bit like ghostbusters when we headed out. Myabe better luck next time!
     
  14. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    "When you see a swarm.
    In your neighbourhood.
    Don't be alarmed,
    It's something good.
    Want them gone?
    Don't hesitate,
    Who ya gonna call?
    Our Omie!"
    :yahoo:
     
  15. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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  16. PerryBee

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    I can't look at that Iddee, I go crossed-eyed in about 2 seconds. :lol:
     
  17. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Take the icicles off your eyelids and look at it again. :razz:
     
  18. Omie

    Omie New Member

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    Thanks a bunch Iddee....
    that thing just gave me a 60's ACID FLASHBACK.

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