Swarm Question

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bregester
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Swarm Question

Post by bregester » Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:23 pm

My colony swarmed today for the first time this season. I climbed a tree to catch the swarm, but they left before I could capture them. I then noticed that there were a ton of bees on the front of their original hive and hanging from the bottom. I thought this might be bearding, but I have never seen this many bees beard before, and they weren't doing it before they swarmed. Do swarms ever return to their original hive? If so, what should I do about it?

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Re: Swarm Question

Post by Wally » Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:37 pm

Yes. If the queen fails to leave with them, they return. They will leave again within a day or two. It's time to make a spit.....ASAP.

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