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Windof,
Welcome to Beemaster.
Jim Altmiller
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Dissecting a Swarm
« Last post by Ben Framed on Today at 07:32:23 am »
Have fun!😊
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Dissecting a Swarm
« Last post by OGsBees on Today at 07:14:04 am »
  Mr Ben went and read the post you suggested and this is what I've learned. I don't know why they do it but I need to be ready and looking good when I go into a swarm trap. Have a few nucs set up and waiting, have queen clips ready to catch extras. I was thinking a mated  queen could not fly or is it she can't fly far?  I will be ready this weekend when I go through the other 2. Thanks again for the info guys nothing like them free queens and great information.
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I want to grow cannabis too but law won't let me lmao
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« Last post by Ben Framed on Today at 05:24:19 am »
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Dissecting a Swarm
« Last post by Ben Framed on May 13, 2021, 11:42:13 pm »
Excellent report Jim. Excellent information. Even so, I am still holding back on the virgin and non virgin in swarms, part. lol Please bare with me. I promise I am not trying to be difficult, I confess I am stuck on the virgin and mated queen swarms. Nothing but respect intended.   

Thanks for the info,  I was not sure what I was seeing. Caught a swarm 3 weeks and just went into the box the past weekend  and found 4 queens. I am still pretty new at this and thought just fat drones. Gonna go order some queen cages cause I got 2 more to go through.  Thanks again, always learning something new here.

OG'sBees your report, even the more reinforces my theory that multiple virgin queens may very well mate on the swarm flight. Or possibly even sometime before the swarm flight since you found 4 in your swarm box. If they was not mated then there would be only one virgin, as virgins fight to the death. We know that unmated virgins, when allowed to intermix, will fight to the death until there is only one virgin left. We also know that mated queens will live together in the same hive, laying. Thus is the case "more often than you may think" as reported by one of our members recently posted here, I am thinking it was Cao, (if not please forgive me who did say it), you deserve the credit. More than one laying queen in a hive is something I have learned here at beemaster, and just recently has it sunk in, may I add. Good post and thanks!

You might take a look at the topic "Swarm with one mated queen and two virgins".... Our friends came up with some good answers, thoughts, and information. I appreciate each one!! Below you will find just two excellent quotes of several from that discussion and topic.


I have read in the past that virgins are mated in swarm flights, but the question is mute. Set the 3 queens up in 3 nucs and you will have mated queens and eggs in all 3 in 10 days.

This reinforces the theory.

Sounds like you caught 3 separate swarms that mixed together. How many hives did you have before they swarmed?
We?re any other queens not marked?
Jim Altmiller

Excellent point!

Scratching my head, the point may be mute as iddee says but I like to know for sure! Just for the sake of knowing. :shocked: :grin:


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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Caught a Swarm!
« Last post by Ben Framed on May 13, 2021, 10:57:22 pm »
Swarms are very interesting. Congratulations!
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Caught a Swarm!
« Last post by sawdstmakr on May 13, 2021, 09:14:56 pm »
 Congratulations. Catching a good swarm can bee a big rush.
Jim Altmiller
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Got my first swarm today
« Last post by FatherMichael on May 13, 2021, 08:52:03 pm »
Awesome!

Caught one yesterday -- my first one!
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Caught a Swarm!
« Last post by FatherMichael on May 13, 2021, 08:50:33 pm »
My neighbor called yesterday, saying that a cluster of bees was in his year.  Went over and, lo, there they were on a low branch of a sage bush.

Mary brought me a pillow case.  I put it over the branch and shook them in there.

Took them out to the farm and dumped them into a hive that was set out as a bait hive.  Gave them a gallon of syrup.  This is my first time to catch a swarm.

What a hoot!
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