Yes Paynes poly nucs with the feeder cut out making 8 frames. 4 swarms in my back garden 2019 and just two last year.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
I noticed that had happened a couple of days ago. There was supposed to be a "highlights" edit, to show them moving in. I couldn't work out at what point it ocurredJust noticed that a swarm has moved into the trap with the camera in I linked to earlier...
Just one old frame with drawn comb and seven frames of foundation. A cotton bud with lemongrass oil on rubbed around the entrance and popped just inside the entrance hole. Six foot up on top of our conifer hedge in the shade. one swarm arrived lunchtime one day and another to a new bait hive same location the following day same time!Fantastic, how did you bait them and what sort of locations were they in within your garden?
The floor and roof are identical 460mm squares of 25mm Xtratherm PIR with taped and painted edges; keeping things minimal and lightweight.Love it - what are you using for the floor?
No scouts as yet visiting mine here in Lancashire. I did pick up a prime swarm middle of April last year which was a full month before the swarms started to be reported around here. Every year is different and with this cold snap I presume middle to late May this year.Has there been any scout bee activity witnessed at all by anybody at their swarm traps this year....when it was a bit warmer a couple of weeks ago? Presume it’s too cold to expect to see any scouts at the minute, despite the sunny days?
How long was it between scouts/bees investigating the trap and the swarm moving in?I noticed that had happened a couple of days ago. There was supposed to be a "highlights" edit, to show them moving in. I couldn't work out at what point it ocurred
I'm just completing some deep frames to fit in my fourth swarm trap; this one made from two BS. shallows with one set of frames.
Without trawling through around 400 hours of live feed I'm unable to say for sure. It looks like the trap was started about a month ago and the bees' interest was aroused about two weeks ago.How long was it between scouts/bees investigating the trap and the swarm moving in?
It's a fascinating thing too watch. I put a bait hive up in the garden every year and watch a succession of events before a swarm arrives. Often the activity can become quite frenzied only for it all to stop, the swarm having decided to live elsewhere or the beekeeper, having discovered what was happening, doing something about it.What was interesting was that in the days before full occupation, number of the bees apparently inspecting in the hive at any time seemed to increase exponentially.