J @ CBPI
It's Swarm Season!
Its Spring time and the hives are healthy and full of bees! We are busy catching swarms like this one daily. Swarming is the process by which a new honey bee colony is formed when the queen bee leaves the colony with a large group of workerbees. In the prime swarm, about 60% of the worker bees leave the original hive location with the old queen. This swarm can contain thousands to tens of thousands of bees. We will catch the swarm and create a brand new colony.
If you find a swarm in your yard, don't worry they wont stay long. They normally fly away to find a suitable place for their new home within a few days. In addition, they are quite docile in this state. Prior to leaving the hive, they gorge themselves on honey to prepare for the trip to a new hive location chosen by their queen bee.