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Swarming is the natural reproduction method of the honey bee colony. Swarming usually occurs late spring to early summer, though can occur outside these times.
When the bees leave the hive in the swarm it is like a black cloud. they will only travel a short distance from the hive and then settle in a cluster.
From there, scout bees will leave the cluster in the hunt for a new home for the swarm.
This is the ideal time to collect the swarm, before they set up home in some where unsuitable such as a chimney, cavity wall, etc
If you see a swarm, please contact a beekeeper as soon as possible to collect the bees. If in our area we may be able to collect the bees. Otherwise, or

Last updated November 11th, 2016. Maintained by dnfr.