Swarm Season


Honeybees normally swarm at least once every year typically in May-June.

What is a swarm?

As the colony grows and the hive becomes overpopulated, the queen will leave with half of the colony. The queen lays 6-7 eggs in queen cells before she and half the colony swarm away, so that the colony does not end up queen-less.

Typically, bees will first swarm onto some branches high up in a tree (50-100m away from the hive) and will stay there for up to a few days while dozens of scout bee look for a new more permanent home. Once a suitable location is found, the scout bee will return to the cluster and ‘waggle’ to let them know about the great spot and direct them to it. Soon after, all the bees in the cluster will swarm to the new location. Swarms have been found just about everywhere from under porches, sides of houses, chimneys and even transport vehicles. Depending on the weather, a swarm that clusters in a tree might not be able to survive for long.

If you see a swarm, please call your local swarm removal service or send an email to arbutuscoffeebees@gmail.com

This is the swarm we got last year!

Last year, we got our swarm the night before it started raining heavily for a few days. The swarm would have had no chance of surviving in the tree since it was quite exposed. We actually saved them by collecting them from the branch and bringing them to their new home. 🙂

Bill the Bee Man putting the bees in their new home.

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