April 23, 2017

It’s honeybee swarm season — which means it’s time to protect bees from humans (Washington Post)

Sarah Gould installs a freshly caught swarm of bees.

Sarah Gould installs a freshly caught swarm of bees.

Why you shouldn’t freak out about swarming honeybees — and how to save bees from those who do

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Excerpt: “Swarming is a particular behavior that honeybees exhibit in the late spring or early summer as a way of propagating the species, says Andrew Coté, a New York-based beekeeper and founder of the New York City Beekeepers Association. When a colony gets big enough, it splits in two and the queen bee flies off, usually taking a third to a half of the colony with her, in search of a new home. (Back at the home base, a new queen will take her place and continue on with the old colony.“)

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