The first warm days of March trigger honeybees to look around and decide whether to stay in their hive or to follow a new queen into the wild blue yonder. Although the swarm of bees following the queen may number in the thousands, they rarely sting interlopers. They simply cluster around the queen to protect her.
If you see a swarm, it’s good to notify the County Extension Office (1-800-ASKUGA1) or a beekeeper to come and get them before they take up residence in a building wall.
Beekeeper Tom Bonnell shows us how he captures a honeybee swarm. Be sure to read his comments below each photo.