"If you build it, they will come."

Information on Bee Swarms and what to do if you have one. Or want one.
Post Reply
Dick
Posts: 109
Joined: Sat Jul 11, 2015 6:43 pm

"If you build it, they will come."

Post by Dick » Sun Sep 25, 2016 11:26 am

A swarm arrived yesterday at my bank of old boxes used as bait hives.

https://youtu.be/2BDlrVNj07g




After about 20 minutes, the bees were in the one box. All I needed to do was add more frames.
20160924_140721.jpg
(4.62 MiB) Downloaded 442 times
This morning they were settled in a new box and quietly going about their business pollinating the neighbours' gardens and hopefully bringing in a little excess honey.

https://youtu.be/si5rEwgdKZQ


Dick
Posts: 109
Joined: Sat Jul 11, 2015 6:43 pm

Re: "If you build it, they will come."

Post by Dick » Sun Oct 02, 2016 4:32 pm

Swarm #2 of 2016. Not as big. This box had a couple of drops of lemongrass oil as well as an old frame. The box was in the exact same spot as the box where swarm #1 took up residence.
20161002_141909.jpg
(4.17 MiB) Downloaded 403 times

Dick
Posts: 109
Joined: Sat Jul 11, 2015 6:43 pm

Re: "If you build it, they will come."

Post by Dick » Thu Oct 13, 2016 5:12 pm

Swarm 3/2016. Arrived in a bait box on the other side of the house.

They arrived late about 4pm.......
20161013_swarm3_1.jpg
(1.84 MiB) Downloaded 341 times
......but soon settled down.
20161013_swarm3_2.jpg
(1.97 MiB) Downloaded 341 times

Dick
Posts: 109
Joined: Sat Jul 11, 2015 6:43 pm

Swarm 4/2016

Post by Dick » Sat Oct 22, 2016 1:55 pm

This swarm must have arrived unnoticed yesterday sometime.

The box was in the same position as Swarm 3/2016.
20161022_swarm1.jpg
(2.67 MiB) Downloaded 284 times

Dick
Posts: 109
Joined: Sat Jul 11, 2015 6:43 pm

Swarm 5/2016

Post by Dick » Tue Nov 22, 2016 5:24 pm

This swarm took over a box that was in the same position as swarms 1 & 2. I was away for a couple of days and the bees had already built a lot of comb from the lid.
20161122_swarm5.jpg
(4.22 MiB) Downloaded 164 times

Dick
Posts: 109
Joined: Sat Jul 11, 2015 6:43 pm

Swarm 1/2017

Post by Dick » Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:07 pm

The first swarm for 2017 arrived in the carport today.

First they were in two minds about which bait box:

20170927_swarm1.jpg
(224.46 KiB) Not downloaded yet

But soon decided on the single box:

20170927_swarm1a.jpg
(284.41 KiB) Not downloaded yet

Dick
Posts: 109
Joined: Sat Jul 11, 2015 6:43 pm

Swarm 2/2017

Post by Dick » Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:44 pm

Arrived in the same old place.
20171009_swarm2.jpg
(3.8 MiB) Not downloaded yet

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest