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Bee Event

Honey bee swarm — about 2000 bees

We had an interesting natural science phenomenon in our front yard yesterday — there was a bee swarm and they settled in a tree in our front yard. Honey bees swarm when a hive gets too crowded and/or there is a second queen who is getting established.  As they settle down, the bees surround the queen to keep her warm and send out scouts to find a new home.

A friend of mine is a beekeeper, so as soon as I saw the swarm I called him. The local beekeepers association has a list of beekeepers who will take new colonies. Since there has been an alarming decline in bee colonies, which affects our food sources, getting a new colony established is important. More information on beekeeping is available at backyardhive.com.

Door is left open for a while so stray bees can find colony.

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  1. * Beth K. Vogt says:

    You were much calmer about a swarm of bees in your yard than I would have been!
    Loved the photos.

    | Reply Posted 9 years, 9 months ago
    • Actually the swarm had “settled down” around the queen by the time I got home. But I have seen a swarm before, so I also knew what to expect. The whole swarm could have left for new location before the beekeeper arrived, but fortunately he lives close by and was home. This is the busy season for bees.

      | Reply Posted 9 years, 9 months ago
  2. * Karen Aalund says:

    Wow, what an amazing thing to have happen right in your yard! I would love to experience that for myself. Thanks for posting all the great photos.

    | Reply Posted 9 years, 9 months ago

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