Pictured above are swarms of bees that have temporarily gathered after leaving their hive, but before settling on a new home. Swarms may stay in this formation anywhere from 10 minutes to a few days. 

Watching a swarm can be very intimidating but bees that have swarmed are actually very docile. Their bellies are full of honey and they do not have a home to defend. 

Before contacting a beekeeper to collect a swarm, please be sure that the insects in question are honey bees. If you aren’t sure, please use this guide to help identify the bees. Please remember that honey bees DON’T live in the ground or build paper nests. 

While we would love to be able to collect every swarm that is reported to us, we simply do not have the time or resources to do so. If we are unavailable or unable to collect a swarm please reach out to someone on this list who may be able to help. 

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