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Bleadon Bees

Posted on 4th July, 2019




A swarm of 25-30,000 bees was sighted and bravely rescued last night between the bus stop and the Queens Arms.


Wikipedia states that for honey bees:

"Swarming is the process by which a new honey bee colony is formed when the queen bee leaves the colony with a large group of worker bees. In the prime swarm, about 60% of the worker bees leave the original hive location with the old queen. This swarm can contain thousands to tens of thousands of bees.


Swarming is mainly a spring phenomenon, usually within a two- or three-week period depending on the locale, but occasional swarms can happen throughout the producing season.


Secondary afterswarms, or cast swarms may happen.


Cast swarms are usually smaller and are accompanied by a virgin queen.Sometimes a beehive will swarm in succession until it is almost totally depleted of workers."


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