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My bees issue a declaration of swarm

6 Jul

Swarm cell, reabsorbedFor the past month or so, my girls have flirted with the event that drives despair into many a beekeeper’s heart — swarming.

According to this bee expert, bees swarm for two reasons:

  • Overcrowding
  • Overpopulation

Though Queen Natasha has been quite prolific, the hive is not yet full. My girls are most certainly antsy due to the overcrowding resulting from recent nectar flows in town.

I’ve tried everything I can think of to keep them happily hived including the introduction of empty top bars into the brood nest. So far, they haven’t hived, but the youngsters keep building swarm cells.

Could it be an emergency preparedness tactic more than a full-on declaration of swarm?

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One Response to “My bees issue a declaration of swarm”

  1. Route66News July 12, 2008 at 2:34 pm #

    Hmmm … the only thing I can think of that might cause swarming so early is either genetics (some bees simply have a tendency to swarm) or bad weather. Have you had a drought that could be stressing the colony?

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