This year is the second year that Canberra Bees has been actively promoting swarm collection in the Canberra region through the primary website (www.canberrabees.com). This season (2016/2017) we recovered over 90 swarms and as part of the collection process, all swarm collectors provided information (including photos) for the swarms collected using a custom application.
Unfortunately, the full statistic gathering application wasn’t in place for the early part of the season, but we do have complete data for 61 of the collected swarms which still provides some excellent insight into swarms in the region.
Below are the results for the 61 swarms that we have collected statistics on so far. If you have any further questions please ask below as the data set contains further information which isn’t published in the graphs below.
Swarm location on the property:
For future reference we have recorded where on the property the swarm was located. This also provides details on if the public was likely exposed to the swarm where it was located.
Number of swarms at location:
When called for a collection there are at times secondary / cast swarms at the location which are collected at the same time.
Has the owner reported swarms at this location before?
If the owner has reported a swarm in previous seasons this is recorded. This suggests that there are possibly bees nearby that are swarming from either managed or natural/feral hives.
Height of the swarm off the ground (in meters)
The height of the swarm off the ground when it was recovered.
Whether the swarm was located on a structure / tree
Swarms are often located on man made structures. This question is to determine how often this occurs.
Approximate size of the swarm (number of Langstroth frames required)
Although not an exact measure, the following gives some indication of the bee numbers in collected swarms.
Likely source of the swarm
A basic observation or discussion with the property owner will usually identify a source of a swarm such as neighbouring hives, tree hollows, wall cavities etc.
Primary colour of collected bees
A basic observation of the bees immediate appearance.