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The honey bee, Apis mellifera a very beneficial insect. Many feel we all must protect honeybee colonies which contribute as pollinators for many of our fruits and vegetables. Everyone should do everything possible to salvage honeybee colonies and or swarms that become a problem. I have over 30 years experience with honey bees and can help you with your honeybee swarm. If I am unable to help you I can assist you in finding someone in your local area who will remove and preserve the honeybees that may have taken up residence on your property.
From American Bee Journal Volume II - 1866-7 Swarm Nomenclature
The first swarm that issues from a stock of bees in the spring is called the "prime" swarm, and is usually the strongest and best which such a stock may be expected to produce that season.
The second swarm, or first afterswarm, is termed a "cast" and usually issues from ten to fourteen days after the prime swarm. It is commonly weaker than the prime swarm -that is, composed of fewer bees; and coming later in the season, does not always secure sufficient stores to pass the winter safely. It has the advantage, however, of possessing a young queen.
Should a third swarm issue from the same stock, it is termed a "colt," and a fourth swarm is called a "filly." These are rare, but when they make their appearance, follow the second swarm, after an interval of only one or two days.
A swarm from a swarm is called a "maiden" swarm, and is accompanied by the same queen which issued with the parent stock when it swarmed.
In ordinary honey districts, good bee-keepers generally strive to prevent the production of any afterswarm by adding supers to their hives. But as this is not always effectual, they catch and destroy the queen of the young swarm, and let the bees return to the parent stock.
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