Photo by Melody

Beekeeping: bees

Communities > Forums > Beekeeping
Forum: BeekeepingReplies: 1, Views: 31
Add to Bookmarks
Arlington, TX

April 7, 2010
9:45 AM

Post #7686727

3 days ago a colony of bees landed in my front lawn this is day 4, some people down the street have been cutting tree limbs i dont know if that is where they came from. how long will they stay and
are they hurt? some of them fly around the circle they have on the ground. they do not seem aggressive. thanks
Richmond, VA
(Zone 7b)

April 10, 2010
11:09 AM

Post #7694632

They may have come from the activity down the street, but I know that it's swarm time in Texas, so it is probably more likely that this is a swarm cast from an existing hive somewhere nearby. In the Spring, the bees build up so that they can send off half of the hive, with the old queen, to find a new home. The remaining bees raise a new queen and continue onward. This is how bees 'spread'.

When they leave, they typically go to a limb where they can hang (with the queen being in the center, or thereabouts) while the scout bees go look for a new home. They are very docile in this mode.

I can tell you for sure that there are beekeepers in your area that would love to come 'rescue' this swarm (for free - some might even pay you for it.) I would come get them, except I'm in Virginia and that's a long haul for one swarm!

They are not hurt at all. They are just trying to stick together and keep the queen safe and fed, while the scouts find a new home for them.

You cannot post until you register and login.

Other Beekeeping Threads you might be interested in:

SubjectThread StarterRepliesLast Post
To catch a honey bee... WUVIE 10 Mar 25, 2007 11:18 PM
Dead Bees countryfarms 17 Oct 7, 2010 11:42 AM
New Beekeepers SwarmCatcher 10 Sep 12, 2009 3:51 PM
Bee sting - bee stinger mygardens 27 Nov 12, 2008 4:04 PM
Bees in the ground starlight1153 45 Sep 9, 2009 9:54 PM

Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Cookie Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2015 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.

Hope for America