I trust everyone is enjoying Memorial Day and taking note of the many posts and comments regarding the importance of this day and how it is being lost or overlooked by so many Americans. I really have nothing to add and agree with all I have read so all I can do is point and nod.
Swarm number three turned into a false alarm. I am not really sure how that many bees were coming and going without there being an actual swarm inside but my premature move may have cost me. Yesterday I saw little to no activity around any of my traps, except for ants of course. So my tally is still five full hives and the small swarm that is still in a nuc.
The latest round of mowing is finished again and now it is time to catch up on garden work and weeding before the swarm trap clean out begins all over again tomorrow.
At this point I am really beginning to think my theory on available and abandoned old feral hive sites is spot on as I have been seeing many a scout bee but they are not hitting my traps like they did last year. The latest swarm I got in the nuc has also made me wonder if possibly the swarms are coming out small this year and my traps are maybe a bit too large to be as appealing. The smaller the cavity the more availability in the wild of course as well.
Still nothing to worry about though. Last years peak swarm time was late May and that was after the mild 2011-2012 Winter. It wouldn't surprise me if we are running two weeks or more late on the schedule this year at all.
Time will tell.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!