was just sitting in the garden taking advantage of this beautiful weather and eating my lunch when the buzzing noise from around my hive increased exponentially. Suddenly there were thousands of bees taking to the air and streaming across my neighbours gardens. This is the firsts time I have seen a swarm take flight. What a truly amazing experience.
Thankfully, my neighbours were out at the time as I’m not sure how the sight of a cloud of swarming bees in their garden would have gone down. Surely this must be one of the disadvantages of natural urban beekeeping? I would love to hear more experienced beek’s views on this. I’ve heard bees are pretty docile when swarming, but I can imagine a lot of people freaking out if they see a cloud of thousands of bees buzzing around them.
I am left with many questions. Is it common for a new hive to re-swarm so quickly within 8 weeks? Why do they do this? Is this a sign of the vitality of the hive, or otherwise? I did notice they were raising queen cells, obviously for this purpose. Is this a way of replacing an aged or worn-out queen?
I’m not sure whether to try to go and “rescue” the swarm from their temporary accommodation. I don’t have many spare boxes or a spare hive to house them in. What are the chances of a swarm at this time of the summer surviving? Any advice would be welcome.
I am also concerned about future swarms and my relationship with my neighbours. On the one hand I don’t want to inhibit the bees natural impulses, but also I don’t want to be the local pariah!!
I would certainly appreciate any help on this.
Graham, Reading Berkshire