Swarms

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              Swarming is the process by which a new honey bee colony is formed when the queen bee leaves the colony with a large group of worker bees. In the prime swarm, about 60% of the worker bees leave the original hive location with the old queen. This swarm can contain thousands to tens of thousands of bees. Swarming is mainly a spring phenomenon, usually within a two or three week period depending on the locale, but occasional swarms can happen throughout the producing season. Secondary afterswarms may happen but are rare. Afterswarms are usually smaller and are accompanied by one or more virgin queens. Sometimes a beehive will swarm in succession until it is almost totally depleted of workers. Swarming is the natural means of reproduction of honey bee colonies. In the process of swarming the original single colony reproduces to two and sometimes more colonies. The reproduction swarms often settle 50 - 100 feet away from the original hive for a few days and will then depart for a new hive site after getting information from scout bees. Scout bees search for suitable cavities in which to construct the swarm’s home. Successful scouts will then come back and report the location of suitable nesting sites to the other bees. A clustered swarm of honey bees is in a holding pattern. They aren't aggressive because they have no honey or young brood to defend. They are waiting for scout bees to come back from searching for a new home. Before they left the hive with the queen, they all ate a lot of honey to get them through the next few days it might take to find a new place to take up residence. They will use the energy from the honey to keep themselves and the queen warm while they wait. I will admit, a swarm of flying bees is pretty scary looking but you could stand in the middle of one as I have and not get stung unless you started swatting at them. Sure they will bump into you but they are very purposeful insects and are concentrating on the task at hand. So, if you see a swarm of honey bees, please can call your local beekeeper or District Director, he/she will get a hold of a local beekeeper in your area (or come out to your place themselves) and remove the bees safely to take them away or just let them find their own way in the world.

To find your District Director please click on the Contacts tab and go to the sub-tab named Officers & Directors..... Thank You!