I finished the trap-out box this morning with good intentions of getting it hung, but my phone rang. Swarm call number one 2012-04-30 this year.
I grabbed a couple of extra boards and headed out. Luckily I already had two hives set up for swarm calls. I was planning on leaving one with my Dad in case I couldn’t get away from work.
I’m glad I had extra equipment with me. I had all but wrapped up hiving the swarm when the landowner showed up on his quad. He said, “what are you doing up there? The swarm is over here….” I put the lid on this group (1201) and headed across the creek.
Tucked under a chopped off rose bush there was another larger swarm. I didn’t get any pictures of the hiving of that group (1202). Both groups were hived by shaking off of branches.
Moral of the story…. Always take more stuff than you think you will need. After returning home I loaded two more boxes up in preparation for tomorrow. Hot weather with frequent rains seems to make my phone ring, and those are the current conditions.
Leave me a comment and let me know how your many swarms you are hiving.
This is really cool, we are still several of weeks from swarm season here, I have read that bees tend to swarm after it rains not sure why though 🙂
I have observed it Sam. I pretty much know there will be swarming activity during this time of year if we have rain followed by heat and humidity. I have most of this week and the weather is forecast to be rainy and humid all week. It gets me excited!!! I don’t claim to know why, but I am certain there is something to it!!!
Let me know how you do once you start picking up swarms.