Ooh! Ooh! Am I getting a swarm?

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by ibeelearning, May 8, 2013.

  1. ibeelearning

    ibeelearning Member

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    So, I put a nuc box, a couple frames of drawn comb and a swarm lure out at the office (not the same site as my bees), just as a long shot.

    Today, I saw a couple of bees playing around... and couldn't resist. I peaked inside, but only about a dozen bees, with a couple wrestling around on the floor with the swarm lure.:shock:

    What was I seeing? Scout bees? Are they gonna go home and tell Big Mama? Am I gonna get some new tenants?
     
  2. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Scout bees. They will go home and tell mama, same as the scout bees checking out another half dozen pads. It all depends on which place they like best. Opening it and leaving human scent on it likely won't help.
     

  3. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    lemongrass oil is a plus, and a bit of comb
     
  4. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    Old brood combs work good in bait hives plus it needs to be a large enough cavity for them.

    I have caught some large swarms that would not fit into a five frame nuc.
     
  5. Barbarian

    Barbarian New Member

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    The scout bees will be checking out the hive from all angles. Keep watching ---- no touch. If a swarm comes during office hours you will see it. If a swarm arrives in your absence, then when you look again at the front you will see bees coming and going in normal hive activity.

    Sometimes the scout activity will stop. They may have found a better home. Don't worry ----- there will be other swarms.

    Good luck. :thumbsup:
     
  6. Maryland Beekeeper

    Maryland Beekeeper New Member

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    Ibee,
    Expect swarm 2 arrive within a week assuming good weather, perhaps set up cam 2 capture the event, it is impressive ! :) Good luck
     
  7. Bees In Miami

    Bees In Miami New Member

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    ibee: I have been watching the same phenomenon here. One day it was one bee, then next it was three bees, watching them all week, all the way up to about 40 bees yesterday...I was getting excited, and had the video camera ready to go! Today....not a single bee. :cry: So bottom line....it's up to the bees!!! :lol: Hope it happens for ya!
     
  8. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    img026.jpg I was looking through some very old pictures (from about 20 years ago) today and found this one of a swarm in the process of moving into a bait hive. With my youngest son looking on, I got things organized into a deep brood box so I could move them from my back yard in the evening.