Beekeepers’ Association

Found A Swarm?

Honeybee Swarm Facts
• Honeybees swarm because they are looking for a new site to form a new colony. It is a natural means of population increase.
• Each swarm contains a queen bee and up to 20,000 worker bees.
• Wasps and bumblebees do not swarm, so if you see a swarm it will be made up of honeybees.
• The swarming season is from April to July, but the peak is from early May to Mid June.
• Swarms are not dangerous unless disturbed or aggravated (for example if sprayed with water).
• Because they only rarely survive in the wild, honeybee swarms need to be captured by trained personnel/beekeepers and placed in beehives.
• After surviving a cool winter, a bee colony can expand up to 50,000 worker bees in the warmer weather, living with a queen bee, which produces a “queen pheromone”.
• With thousands of bees living together, not all of them receive the queen’s pheromone signals – and so create a new queen.
• The old queen and flying bees then leave their home to establish a new nest, but with the queen bee not the strongest flyer, they can stop to take a rest.
• Before leaving they gorge on honey… so generally speaking if they are swarming they are in a semi-docile state.

All they want is to find a new home!

6 months ago

Our Sun hive now has bees! We rescued a swarm of honeybees and they’ve now taken up residency in the Sun hive, how exciting! This is the first year of having the Sun hive, so we’re extremely ... See more

7 months ago

7 months ago

*jumps with happiness* 🐝🐝🐝🐝

In the last few minutes the European Union has voted to ban bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics) on all crops grown outdoors.