Honey Bee swarming is a process that healthy spring colonies go through to divide into two or more colonies.  This is an amazing natural event that typically takes place in the late spring  and sometimes throughout the summer when conditions are right. Each swarm will have the queen bee and up to half of the colony's worker bees as well as some of the male drones.  They all take flight from the hive in order to establish new colonies in an effort of survival of the species.  When encountering a swarm, it is best to allow a knowledgeable beekeeper, comfortable with handling bees , to deal with the removal. You will be doing the honey bee population as well as the beekeeper a great service contacting one of the the available beekeepers listed on the downloadable document Entitled "Honey Bee Swarm Retrieval List".


Not a swarm

A swarm in May is worth a load of hay; a swarm in June is worth a silver spoon; but a swarm in July is not worth a fly!
— Mid-17th Century Beekeepers Proverb

Note to club members: If you wish to be added to the swarm retrieval list please email webmaster@bristolbee.com