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Swarm Season is Happening Now!

Swarming is simply what bees do to survive and thrive. When a hive gets too crowded, a portion of the colony, along with the old queen, takes off in search of a new home. This behavior ensures the species' continuation by establishing new colonies. Meanwhile, back at the original hive, a new queen is nurtured to maintain stability.

During a swarm, thousands of worker bees join the old queen on a quest for a suitable location for their next home. While scouts search for potential spots, the swarm clusters temporarily, often on tree branches or structures, creating a striking sight.

This process is a testament to bees' collective intelligence and adaptability, showcasing nature's efficiency at work. It's a straightforward strategy—when there's not enough room, some bees simply move out to start anew, ensuring the survival of their species.

Amidst the swarming spectacle, there's a chance for intervention. Experienced beekeepers know that swarms, though imposing, are usually calm and can be collected safely. Using methods like bait hiving or gently transferring bees into a prepared hive box, these swarms can be rescued and relocated. This straightforward action not only gives the bees a new home but also helps maintain their crucial role in pollination and honey production. It's a simple way to support these essential pollinators and ensure their continued presence in our environment.

Thanks to Rappahannock Beekeepers Association, my local club,

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