Originally Posted by rebrascora
That's really interesting. I'm wondering if there is much migratory beekeeping in your area (bees pollenating early crops....fruit or nuts perhaps) that would cause so many swarms to be looking for homes in February, although I imagine your climate is almost sub tropical compared to the temperate climate I am used to....swarms here don't emerge until May-June.
I also wonder if they have evolved to recognise trailers as a good potential home rather than hollow trees etc Trailers obviously provide a beneficial environment for them in your climate and bees recognise their home by sight, so it would make sense that they would recognise a trailer as a good potential home when they are out scouting for a new one. I wonder if there is any basis for a new hive design based on the construction of trailers.
After hurricane Katrina a lot of the trailer s were abandoned, and a lot of tree's were damaged by the storm and standing water. We have a lot of orange groves here. And a lot of the farmers have hives, funny thing is no one around here collet's the bee's. I spoke to a man in Alabama about them when we started last year. None of the local community clubs in New Orleans ever answered me back.