November 28, 2015

It’s honeybee swarm season — which means it’s time to protect bees from humans (Washington Post)

Why you shouldn’t freak out about swarming honeybees — and how to save bees from those who do Washington Post Article » Excerpt: "Swarming is a particular behavior that honeybees exhibit in the late spring or early summer as a way of propagating the species, says Andrew Coté, a New York-based beekeeper and founder of the New York City Beekeepers Association. When a colony gets big … [Read more...]

Being Prepared with a Swarm Kit

The call came in from the Run of the Mill Pub in Saco about a swarm clustered on a sapling tree near the riverwalk. Once we arrived we realized all the people on the patio of the pub would be our audience for the afternoon. The plan was simple: Meghan Gaven was atop the stepladder and would push the little tree downward while Richard McLaughlin pulled the same direction with a rope. All I had to … [Read more...]

Now, This Is a Swarm!

by Andrew Dewey When you hear the term “swarm,” what do you think of? A crazed ant mound in the summer time? The Dark Lord’s host emptying out of Mordor? A colony of honey bees that has decided to reproduce? Since we’re beekeepers, we’ll (briefly) explore honeybee swarms — focusing here on what happens when you are confronted with a swarming cloud of bees, and not with how to keep the bees from … [Read more...]

Preparing for Swarm Season

Making Your Own Bait Hives Now that you’re finished with your winter of building and repairing supers, brood boxes and frames, think about the possibility of building bait hives in preparation for the May/ June swarm season. A bait hive is a swarm-catching box. I have captured some nice swarms in boxes set in trees, and it seems easier than answering a swarm call, which may come at an … [Read more...]

My Swarm – Maine Swarm Hotline to the Rescue

Good morning every one! I want to take a moment and THANK the Maine Bee Swarm Hot Line and our group!   An extra special THANK YOU with much gratitude goes out to Erin, Philip, Larry and Fred. I happen to have Monday off, such a beautiful day, and our garage in need of paint. So, the project of the day had me on a ladder, painting and just plain enjoying the day. I had visited the bee … [Read more...]

Swarming Reviewed

During the last two years, there have been “swarming issues” among many new and seasoned beekeepers. In both 2006 and 2007, beekeepers reported swarms from hives established with packages and nucs during late May-June even though there was room for colony expansion. A number of beekeepers reported that the new hives issued swarms before the bees had moved into the second hive body. In both 2006 … [Read more...]