Honey bee swarming season normally occur in the spring when the colony populations outgrows its living quarters and during the strong nectar flows. The old queen and about half the bees will emerge from the parent colony to find a new home. The parent colony has made preparation to replace the old queen prior to swarm emergence. The old queen normally starts preparing 3 weeks before she leaves by building new queen cells to take over her hive.
She also looses weight for a long flight to find a new place. She takes half her hive with her, leaving the rest to continue managing the old colony. She sends out scouts to find a suitable new place to call home.
Along the way a swarm may stop to rest for a day or two.
Swarming in the Sky
Swarm on Wall
Swarm on a Fence Post
Swarm on a Car
Queen Swarm Cells
When a swarm is happening and the bees are on the move, you will see the sky filled with flying bees as shown in the photo above. When they gather at a resting place, they form a ball or a mass like on the wall, a branch, a fence post, or even a car. If queen swarm cells are formed in the hive (as shown above), this is evidence that a swarm is about to happen.If you see a large amount of bees flying together in the air, balled up in a tree or on a fence or building, please call Mark immediately at 403-874-1639 so he can come and get them into boxes to start a new hive. It is very important to find them before the retrieval becomes a more complicated "cut out" (when they make their home in your wall).
Let's give the BEES a new home!