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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 4:44 pm    Post subject: swarming Reply with quote

I have a hive that has swarmed twice in 3 weeks. Both times the bees returned to the hive after about a half hour. What's up with that?
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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm guessing a clipped queen.

Would you mind putting your location in your profile, please? It helps us give more climate-relevant answers.
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 2:37 pm    Post subject: clipped queen Reply with quote

dont' know what a clipped queen is but i'll look it up
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Clip Queen as had one of her wings cut back a bit to keep her from flying. They swarm but the queen cant follow so they return to her.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am a bit south of you, central Arizona. Swarming and then returning, like a practice swarm, that has happened twice in the last few years. This is with local bees with their own queens. Each time they waited a couple of days after returning and then they completed their swarm ....move....whatever.
Either the queen wasn't quite ready to leave or conditions were not quite right - my best guess.
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