Last week was set to be the beginning of a new experiment. (see Latest Experiment – Attempting to use NO wire in deep foundation-less frames) That will need postponing. It appeared at hiving that Trap25 had no queen in it.
I picked this box up about an hour North of my home. I caught two nice swarms at the same place last year. Normally I never move a trap unless I first see pollen entering, but being so far away I didn’t want to make two trips. I guess that was a bad idea this time.
The swarm had built quite a bit of comb, and there was a lot of nectar being cured. No eggs or larvae were observed. The combs were examined closely, but I was afraid I could have missed something. As opposed to shaking the bees lose and cutting my loses they were put in two boxes. The forecast for last weekend had been calling for rain. I was hoping that I might pick up a swarm shortly after that and be able to just add it to this group.
It will be a week tomorrow since Trap #25 was hived. There has been no real rain anywhere close except a very few small pop-up storms that didn’t really amount to anything. Saturday this group will be examined. If they have no queen I am planning on shaking them lose. Swarming activity has dropped off so I don’t have any full traps to add to this group.
This is something that happened two or three times in 2011. I don’t know what happened to the queens or how often this occurs in swarming behavior. There really is no pattern that I have observed yet. This has happened at different sites at different times through the summer.
Any ideas? Leave a comment.