It must be swarm season

March 19, 2009 | By | Comments (2)

Kblookingforswarm

Holy moly! The bees have swarmed again! This afternoon they started roaring, and a cloud of bees zoomed up and down the creekbed next to the beeyard (that’s Kimberley, looking at the madness of bees in the creek). There were bees crawling all over the ground.

Swarmonbetty_2

Then they boiled out of Betty’s hive, bearded across the front, and poured out onto the ground to make a big puddle of bees.

Cloudofbees

Bees filled the air around the hive. The puddle on the ground grew larger.

Swarmclimbinghive

But they didn’t fly away. After about 15 minutes, the puddle of bees crawled up the leg of the hive, forming chains to cross the waterfilled tupperware.

Underneathhive

They clustered on the bottom of the hive. That’s where we left them (we had to get back to working on the magazine).

Randomqueen

We also found a queen wandering around on the ground. She was attended by a retinue of about 15 bees. Then she was gone. We’re not sure if she flew away or crawled under a leaf.

Kbincloud

We have no idea what’s going on. But it’s dramatic. It’s exciting.

And terribly exhilarating to be in the middle of a cloud of swarming bees.

COMMENTS

  1. Margaret

    I know it looks scary, but really, they were so intent on what they were doing that they went out of their way to not collide with us, let alone sting.

    March 24, 2009 at 6:53 pm
  2. kim at allconsuming

    Um, one of my definitions of hell? RIGHT THERE.

    March 23, 2009 at 8:55 pm

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