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They must be swarming soon ?

 
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charentejohn
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 10:19 am    Post subject: They must be swarming soon ? Reply with quote

They must be swarming soon ???
Last night 28c temp

Now at 10pm 30c temp-not daylight taken with flash on camera

But how would I know where the actual swarm with queen is ?

Too hot (them and me) to do anything at the moment apart from shade the hive a bit during th day, hence the cardboard
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You don't unfortunately all you can hope is that they choose somewhere nearby to alight or a bait hive you've got set up with lemongrass oil.

If you see a thick black cloud in the sky of bee's then they are swarming, you'll know exactly what it is as there is nothing else quite like it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Roasting here today, too hot to really go outside.
I will see if they do this again tonight, I may put out my tree branch of hope about 3m from them just in case. All had gone this morning, assume out foraging, and just a small beard about 1-20% the volume of the one in the photo.

Either way is good, they swarm and I manage to catch and relocate them to my TBH and the local keeper takes the rotting box they are in with the remaining colony
- or -
They disappear but I am left with a properly sized colony for the box they are in. I can then set about introducing them to the TBH and they can have the summer to expand into it.
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