Surprisingly early and also on a rather cold day, one of the three hives in the backyard swarmed. Thankfully they didn't go far (about t...

Spring swarm

By | Thursday, October 25, 2012 2 comments
Surprisingly early and also on a rather cold day, one of the three hives in the backyard swarmed. Thankfully they didn't go far (about ten metres). Fortuitously, Mia was home and saw them which meant they were easily captured.


The flecks which look like a dirty lens are actually thousands of bees flying around the backyard.

Thankfully the bees decided that swing seat was a good place to wait out whilst the scouts find a new home.

Andrew was not the only one to get suited up. Catching a swarm is a bit of science and art rolled together.

With a bit of persistence, the swarm is soon a hive.
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  1. Very cool. We had a swarm which ended up in a neighbours tree, amazing to see, from the safety of the lounge window !

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    1. Haha! When I was busy recording video of a swarm on Maidstone Road last year a guy came over and asked me from across the lawn if I was okay. When I explained that swarms are so harmless I put my hand into the cluster he was fascinated. He ended up joining me in taking videos in the middle of the in-flight swarm narrating to the kids that he couldn't believe what he was up to! He later admitted that when he came to ask if I was okay, he'd thought a was a bit short of a full pack! ;)

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