Trying to catch my first swarm

Maggiesdad

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I frequently take walks with my 80yo mother... we always try to get a feel for what the bees are currently working. The hard freezes damaged a lot of our spring blooms. Last night ended a month long drought. Everything is so green today! Hopefully the bees temperament will ameliorate. They had gotten quite testy.
 

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I take that they were swarms lost, not swarms caught.

I don't know if I'll catch anything this year. Ah well, I can always try again next year. It's a learning process.
 

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No, I got 'em. :) I had them in two boxes overnight but they merged today. They are running me ragged, tho!
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Where are you getting all these swarms from? Are they mostly from your own TBH's? They could have made it a little easier on you and chosen a branch rather than the trunk... Pretty difficult to shake them off that. How many have you successfully captured/new hives created without them absconding? I know you said you gave one swarm away... did it stay and succeed?
 

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Can you hear them? Or do you really have to look for them? I'm curious how noticeable they are?
 

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