Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Check out this bee swarm in New York!

Check out this swarm we stumbled across at one of our accounts a few weeks ago. This was the first time I personally saw one of these. As quickly as a aswarm appears it also can move on. Even though the customer was very upset about this we advised against treatment and sure enough it was gone within hours. Had it been a stinging insects nest we surely would have treated. A swarm as defined by wikipedia "Swarming is the natural means of reproduction of honey bee colonies. A new honey bee colony is formed when the queen bee leaves the colony with a large group of worker bees, a process called swarming. 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. Swarming is mainly a spring phenomenon, usually within a two- or three-week period depending on the locale, but occasional swarms can happen throughout the producing season."
see another photo on our flickr, here.