I’ve heard reports of the first swarm of 2012 on Feb 29. I think our season is 2 week ahead of our normal schedule here in Texas. So if you are going to be swarm trapping, you should put your traps out 1-2 weeks before your first known swarm. For Texas, that date just got moved up to about Feb 20 for next year.
The bloom is already out in the Texas Hill Country. I saw Henbit, and wild Mustard in late January. Irises blooming in February and mayflies out in late February, so it looks like a weird Spring. Right now my bees are bringing in plenty of pollen and aren’t eating much pollen patties. Pollen is yellow and a little bright red. (no idea). Mountain Laurel and dandelion is being worked.
I’ve already seen Bluebonnets out and our major honeyflow plant, Indian Blanket, shows up after Bluebonnets. So that may show early and stay a while.