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Swarm trap number three. This one is on the ground because it's in the garden of a friend who is seriously ill and who gave me the hive to which the deep roof belongs; I'm hoping he gets some pleasure from watching it.
The garden is very rural and full of wilderness, being several acres in size; the box is placed at the top of a significant slope. There is a beekeeper within 200 metres. I have high hopes for this one. ;)
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I just came across this webcam inside a swarm trap (it’s in the USA).....it’s really interesting to see the scout bees moving around inside! There’s a webcam on the outside too

 

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I just came across this webcam inside a swarm trap (it’s in the USA).....it’s really interesting to see the scout bees moving around inside! There’s a webcam on the outside too

It's obvious that they are counting the steps and each step is a set distance.:)
 

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I just came across this webcam inside a swarm trap (it’s in the USA).....it’s really interesting to see the scout bees moving around inside! There’s a webcam on the outside too
That's brilliant....live feed too. This baiting/trapping is the most interesting part of beekeeping I've discovered yet.....and no honey needs to be involved. ;)
 

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That's brilliant....live feed too. This baiting/trapping is the most interesting part of beekeeping I've discovered yet.....and no honey needs to be involved. ;)
I agree, watching scouts suss out a box is great but when the swarm turn up it's mind blowing when you first see it!
 

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I just came across this webcam inside a swarm trap (it’s in the USA).....it’s really interesting to see the scout bees moving around inside! There’s a webcam on the outside too
That's really cool. Thanks for posting
 

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Willie Robson reckons all the colonies in flying distance know each other and carry a memory of their location, if so the best locations for bait hives are where hives have died out.
 

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Watched for nearly ten hours and the swarm didn’t move in. So disappointing!
Like the sign at the front of the hive😀 Good idea and shows how many scouts take part in the inspection process.
 

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Just put another trap out, this one a little smaller than the others. Might make one or two more. Determined to get at least one swarm this year! I’m a bit concerned that all my traps are in the same general vicinity (within about 50 metres of each other) but I don’t know anyone else who would be happy for me to put them on their land. Is it worth having 5 or 6 traps in the same area or is it no better than having one?
 

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Swarm trap number three. This one is on the ground because it's in the garden of a friend who is seriously ill and who gave me the hive to which the deep roof belongs; I'm hoping he gets some pleasure from watching it.
The garden is very rural and full of wilderness, being several acres in size; the box is placed at the top of a significant slope. There is a beekeeper within 200 metres. I have high hopes for this one. ;)
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Looks like Aberdeenshire to me :)
 

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Just going to the OPS previous question spread your bait hives around a bit, find locations in neighbouring areas/villages and I prefer them in the sun it gets the comb/lure cooking up nicely
 

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Just going to the OPS previous question spread your bait hives around a bit, find locations in neighbouring areas/villages and I prefer them in the sun it gets the comb/lure cooking up nicely
When I first started beekeeping my hives were in a nieghbour’s field next to the house. One morning I discovered a bait hive secured to a dry stone wall a hundred feet away. I had to go up there every morning to block up the entrance. It suddenly disappeared one day maybe a couple of weeks later 😂😂
 

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Just put another trap out, this one a little smaller than the others. Might make one or two more. Determined to get at least one swarm this year! I’m a bit concerned that all my traps are in the same general vicinity (within about 50 metres of each other) but I don’t know anyone else who would be happy for me to put them on their land. Is it worth having 5 or 6 traps in the same area or is it no better than having one?
That looks a great location. I would move in if I were a bee!

As for traps, the more the merrier I think.
 

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I’ve just made another one 😂. Made from offcuts of ply I had..... in order to get it to the 40 litres I had to make it very long and narrow (as I was restricted by the offcuts I had). Should still work? Anyone had success with smaller traps, say 25-30 litres?66CD5643-F9B8-4F0F-A777-8E08B0F65DA8.jpeg56BC8977-DFBE-4F2E-A2A4-C26B6A6CA14B.jpeg
 

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I’ve just made another one 😂. Made from offcuts of ply I had..... in order to get it to the 40 litres I had to make it very long and narrow (as I was restricted by the offcuts I had). Should still work? Anyone had success with smaller traps, say 25-30 litres?View attachment 25281View attachment 25282
They will go in a nuc if they decide to, they just won't stay there for ever!
 

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I’ve just made another one 😂. Made from offcuts of ply I had..... in order to get it to the 40 litres I had to make it very long and narrow (as I was restricted by the offcuts I had). Should still work? Anyone had success with smaller traps, say 25-30 litres?View attachment 25281View attachment 25282
They go in plenty of flat roofs and that’s about the same
 

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They will go in a nuc if they decide to, they just won't stay there for ever!
I got my swarm in a 6 frame nuc last year. Wasn't a big swarm but the nuc did the job. This year it is going out as a swarm trap again but with an extra nuc body to give more volume
 

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