In the Wild with Greg Wagner

THE SWARM by Greg Wagner
June 1, 2010, 4:03 pm
Filed under: Insects, Uncategorized | Tags: , ,

The swarm is here! A swarm of honey bees that is … which has set up a temporary stopping point on the grounds of our Nebraska Travel & Tourism and Game & Parks Omaha Offices. This is quite a site to see, take a look for yourself!

Swarming is the natural means of reproduction of honey bee colonies that generally takes place in the spring. 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. This swarm can contain thousands to tens of thousands of honey bees. Here’s an even closer look at the swarm on our grounds.

Encountering a bee swarm for the first time can be alarming. However, swarms are typically benign because the individual bees are filled with honey so the swarm has no hive to defend and is focused on their task of finding a new location. Don’t get me wrong bees will still attack if they perceive an intrusion threat or are provoked. Here’s a look as close as possible to the swarm by camera.

Folks, this is one of those neat cycles of nature that is so cool to view! Swarm clusters, hanging off a tree branch, will move on and find a suitable hive location within a day or two. 

See you out there, observing the swarm!


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