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.