Bees wanna swarm!

It’s that time of year again! Honey bee populations are burgeoning in their hives and when that happens, a large part of the colony might separate out and take off. It’s how honey bee colonies reproduce. After leaving the hive, the worker bees, along with their queen, first find a place to hang for a while––in a tree, on a bicycle chain or a fence, or on any other comfy site––while scout bees look for a new place to call home.

If you notice a swarm, please don’t be alarmed, and please don’t do it harm. Honey bees are calm and non-defensive in a swarm state, though they can appear scary. It’s actually an awesome and thrilling sight and you are lucky to witness it!

[Originally posted by Cynthia Pierce, County Extension Support Specialist and Alamance County Beekeepers Newsletter Editor. Photos by Geoff Leister.]