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!

1 week ago

Just a quick reminder for all the people going on the beekeeping beginners course 🐝

The theory sessions are on April 21st @ 10:00am – 14:00pm & April 28th @ 10:00 - 14:00pm.

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3 weeks ago

Do you have an interest in keeping bees? How about trying our beginners course at HBKA!

The Beginners Course classroom sessions are on Saturday 21st April & Saturday 28th April (10am to 2pm) at the ... See more

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4 weeks ago
Photos from Huntingdonshire Beekeepers' Association's post

Thank you to everyone who came down today and helped us with the apiary. You all done a smashing job 💪🏻 🐝

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