Bee swarming FAIL

25 Apr
After being unable to convince their queen to swarm, the bees release a pheromone telling everyone to return home

After being unable to convince their queen to swarm, the bees release a pheromone telling everyone to return home

The Kerry Hive has been owned.

After nearly a month of threatening to do so, our strongest hive swarmed today. With great huzzah, thousands of divas escaped the hive and took to the sky like buzzing parade day confetti.  They formed a cluster on a nearby tree and called thousands of their sisters to join the party.

And then they changed their mind.

Whether the queen refused to join them, or couldn’t because her wings were clipped, we’ll never know.

All we can say for certain is that everyone returned home for the night and that we’ll likely be on swarm patrol again tomorrow.


6 Responses to “Bee swarming FAIL”

  1. fitnessfatness April 27, 2009 at 6:18 am #

    I bet they figured out that they’d never find a new home as nice as the top-bars!

  2. lesley April 27, 2009 at 7:54 am #

    Wow, I’m glad the swarm was a such a successful FAIL. 😉 The sight of all those bees flying around in chaos was amazing and scary. Thank you for sharing the video!

  3. megan April 29, 2009 at 10:04 am #

    We live in NE Albuquerque and have a large hive of bees living in a wall behind our house. They swarm out of their hive every morning. I’m looking for a beekeeper who might want the bees and who could remove them safely. Do you do this or know someone locally who might? Please email me ASAP. Thank you!

    • mistress beek April 29, 2009 at 11:05 am #

      Hi Megan,

      Thanks for stopping by!

      You might consider calling the City’s 311 number as they’re in regular contact with local beekeepers who handle swarm removal. If they’re not able to help you, let me know.

  4. buttsbees August 30, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

    That was a mating flight.


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