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!