26
Apr
15

Swarming Bees

“Fame is a bee. / It has a song / It has a sting / Ah, too, it has a wing.” Emily Dickinson

Early this morning, I was in the backyard and noticed several bees landing here and there. I continued to work until a neighbor, talking across the fence, advised me that another neighbor’s bees were swarming from the hive and were in a tree across the street. I grabbed my camera and walked down the street a few doors and sure enough a large accumulation of bees were in a low hanging branch. Two men were suited up and attempting to entice the bees into a new hive. All very interesting.

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20 Responses to “Swarming Bees”


  1. May 2, 2015 at 11:53 AM

    fascinating!! ima not sure I would be brave enought to stay close by and take pictures though🙂

  2. April 27, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    Would love to witness this! Bees are amazing creatures🙂

    • April 27, 2015 at 3:44 PM

      Very fascinating for sure. This morning that tree nest is gone…but dozens of bees still warming around the same spot. I didn’t stick around (wish I would of) to see if they re-established the hive or the swarm took off for a new venue nearby.

  3. 5 buckytoo
    April 27, 2015 at 6:24 AM

    Note to self: renew Epi-pen script asap!

  4. April 27, 2015 at 5:40 AM

    My husband has had bees his entire life. I have seen them swarm like this and watched my husband collect them in this same way. If you do not manage to get the queen, then they will not stay in the hive. Nice pictures.

  5. April 27, 2015 at 12:04 AM

    wow and wow; stingingly great shot

  6. April 26, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    Intriguing. Lovely poem.

  7. April 26, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    We had them in our chimney in the village home, like that. It was a nightmare in the home because of the fire-place. You may remember what I am talking about. These are amazing photographs. Thank you dear Gary, have a nice day and new week, love, nia

  8. April 26, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    Great presence of mind. Love the quote too

  9. April 26, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    RUN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • April 26, 2015 at 9:45 PM

      Freaky huh? And the beekeeper said the Queen and a gazillion scouts had left the hive in the back yard. They were killing time in the tree until a new hive/nest location could be located. Once the scouts came back they would swarm toward that location. The beekeepers were trying to entice them into an additional hive box. I didn’t stick around for the whole process.

  10. April 26, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    that’s wild. did you have some in your own backyard too?


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