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May 19, 2010 | Animals | OS VINE

Bees Swarming

Bees swarming! This is what was found one morning when we got the vineyard:

After investigating on the internet, we found that this is what happens when there are two queens. One leaves taking her following with her to a temporary location. The queen is in the middle of all the honey bees for protection. Seven to ten scouts are then sent out to find a permanent location to build their hive. Upon returning, the scouts each try to convince the swarm that their location is the best. Once one has convinced the others that theirs is the better choice, they swarm to the new location and begin their new home. The swarm stayed in the vineyard for three days before moving on. Too bad we did not have a hive box for them - we could have had our own honey bees!


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