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Re: Swarm dates for Qld
« Reply #80 on: September 05, 2021, 06:45:08 am »
I had another call for a swarm today.
It landed less then 5 m from the one I hived yesterday. This one is a big one - I only had a 5 frame nuc with me and they are shoulder to shoulder.
I have to put them into a bigger box ASAP


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Re: Swarm dates for Qld
« Reply #81 on: September 05, 2021, 10:43:15 am »
I hop you caged the queen. If not, they will probably leave.
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Re: Swarm dates for Qld
« Reply #82 on: September 05, 2021, 01:08:07 pm »
In over 46 years of hiving swarms I have never yet seen the queen in a swarm.
I shake the swarm into a large garbage bin and then pour the lot into the hive.
I was on my knees ( again!) looking for the queen on the white sheet I placed under the swarm to collect any stranglers.
I have found that if I hive a swarm around mid-afternoon I have about an 80% success rate.
Here is hoping!

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Re: Swarm dates for Qld
« Reply #83 on: September 05, 2021, 02:33:58 pm »
Max I posted a topic back in May of this year titled "Dissecting a Swarm" Our friend OldBeavo suggested I might have to much time on my hands.  :shocked: :grin: lol.

Just the same this procedure is fun and interesting when time allows. I thought you might be interested in case you missed it. :grin:  If you use the search engine simply type in "Dissecting  Swarm" The search engine does not accept single letter words such as (a).

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Re: Swarm dates for Qld
« Reply #84 on: September 07, 2021, 07:42:27 am »
I had a look at the article - interesting. I need a bit of time for this.
Meanwhile...I moved the swarm from Sunday into a 10 frame super. They had drawn most of the 5 frames


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Re: Swarm dates for Qld
« Reply #85 on: September 10, 2021, 04:46:57 am »
A lady visited and told me she had " multiple swarms"  from the same hive - Witta area 4552

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Re: Swarm dates for Qld
« Reply #86 on: September 15, 2021, 05:11:41 am »
Boxed a medium size swarm 2 days ago. They left on the same day.
Today had another medium sized swarm, and because bees were flying around it excitedly, I thought they are communicating something and I was waiting to see what they?ll do.

Mind you, it was 6.30am and 10C in a cold snap.
However, during the morning, they settled themselves in the box the other swarm had left, just 2m away from the mother hive. Lucky I didn?t have time to clear the box away.

I suspect one of my hives in that vicinity is throwing multiple swarms with virgin queens.
Reluctant to open it up, so not to disturb things.

In a primary big swarm, I always find the queen. Plus often a couple of virgins.
In subsequent virgin swarms, I hardly ever find the queen.

I once had a big swarm that divided to settle on separate branches on the same tree.

Isn?t swarm season exciting?
I was away up North Queensland a little longer than planned due to NSW lockdown. So my swarm control measures are a little behind for my 5 apiaries. Seeing the consequences now.

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Re: Swarm dates for Qld
« Reply #87 on: August 26, 2022, 07:07:40 pm »
27. August - Firts swarm here for the season. Nice one at Gavin's place - about 1.2m up on a fence post

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Re: Swarm dates for Qld
« Reply #88 on: October 11, 2022, 05:09:43 am »
10.10 - a swarm near maleny ( in rainy, foggy weather)

11.10 - a nice swarm just up the road 770 Ahern's rd

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Re: Swarm dates for Qld
« Reply #89 on: October 28, 2022, 05:02:39 pm »
Yesterday afternoon had a swarm in Jindalee. Not my bees, probably the guy down the road.

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Re: Swarm dates for Qld
« Reply #90 on: November 20, 2023, 12:06:44 am »
So much for a quiet morning!
It has been raining non stop, not heavy but lovely and wet....and i got  a swarm call.

Not a huge swarm but a reasonable size hanging off a barb wire fence behind Lantana  - soaking wet.

I had a bit of an issue getting a box under it but i think I got most of the bees.
We shall see later today on dark if got the queen or not.


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Re: Swarm dates for Qld
« Reply #91 on: February 12, 2024, 06:18:38 pm »
There have been reports of very large swarms.
It appears that they rain kept the bees in the hive and creating  accommodation issues.
Nice to catch a couple of these.