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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Swarming bees


There was I sitting in the garden yesterday out of the heat, quietly reading my book when I noticed a few bees, far more than usual, then the air was thick with them and they eventually settled on a tree,  They swarmed again and finally settled on the rowan tree.   Luckily a beekeeper, Bill,  lives nearby so he was able to come over and collect them.  He said it was a big swarm of about 40000 bees.

The first time I've experienced this.







13 comments:

  1. Omg that is amazing! Good you had a bee keeper nearby!

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  2. Sondra, yes it was and he was very pleased to help out as anyone who finds a swarm is entitled to keep it. It was very interesting and Bill was telling me bits and pieces about the bees life cycle. But although it was interesting we are pleased that they are gone.

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  3. Incredible how a swarm will suddenly settle somewhere random like that isn't it. There was a swarm settled on someone's car recently that I saw in the news. Not a lot anyone but a Bee Keeper can do with them, so I imagine the Police forces must have some on their lists of handy contacts.
    Bee numbers are in serious decline apparently, which is a worry really, they play a vital role in so much of what we take for granted.

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  4. It is fascinating Mick. If you Google beekeepers you can get the British Beekeepers Assoc and they have a list of beekeepers in your area.

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  5. Just looking at that big pile of Bees gave me goosebumps. Good thing you knew someone that is a Beekeeper, bet he was happy to get a new batch of Bees.

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    1. I think we were both happy Anita.

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  6. Since coming out here I have seen three swarms passing by in various places. A bit of a scare when suddenly surrounded by them. The honey is good mind!

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  7. Mr A, yes I find them intimidating, and am very wary so it was interesting to see the beekeeper treating them very casually. Experience I guess.

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  8. Pretty scary I would think...mind you an interesting thing to see...

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    1. Trevor Yes I was a bit and we had to keep the windows closed on one of the hottest days of the year!

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  9. I have never seen anything like that! So glad there was a beekeeper nearby.

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  10. Very scary for someone who is allergic to bees.

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Thanks for your comments. Whenever possible I will always reply. Dave