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How long before swarming do scouts go out?

 
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AndyC
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 6:34 am    Post subject: How long before swarming do scouts go out? Reply with quote

I have bait hives in the garden that have had scouts around them in suitable flying weather for about 14days.
No sign of any swarms though.
Is this normal?
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not unusual in my experience. I have had scouts around and never seen swarms near the empty/bait hives sometimes. My empty warre that had a swarm move into it this year seemed to have scouts around it for three weeks before the swarm arrived but whether the scouts came from the same bees that moved in I don't know!
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