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Swarms

February

Overly large cluster may indicate a tendency to swarm later.

March

Swarming tendencies begin.

Watch for queen cups queen cells

 April & May

Prime swarm months

Watch for queen cells with larvae, dry cups will always be present and do not mean a swarm is pending.

Ensure plenty of open brood cells to reduce swarm tendencies. Usually requires open brood COMB, as foundation frames take time to build and the colony doesn’t usually wait.

 June & July

Continue to watch for swarming (less likely)

 August to November

Lower chance of swarming thru the end of the year

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