Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Another Bee Swarm

We captured another bee swarm yesterday.  The day promised to get hot - so we rushed out when we got the call so that we wouldn't melt in our bee suits.  We moved the swarm to a hive in our backyard.  I think we had good luck getting the queen with this one!


A swarm is just bees who are moving to a new home because their old home got overcrowded or the hive had other problems.  The bees hang in a clump like this with the queen somewhere inside while the scout bees go out and look for a suitable place to take up new residence.  It may take a few days, but when they find it, they disappear within a few minutes!  

A swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay but a swarm in July is not worth a fly."


  1. SO the hives are getting full! Did you get them settled in their new hive? I hope not too much melting went on in your bee suits too.

  2. We got them settled and thank goodness we had it finished before the heat of the day!

  3. I always enjoy seeing the "bee balls" as the bees hang out looking for a new home! We usually always have a swarm move through and spend the night in the spring.