Swarm call… maybe…

A friend shared this photo with me just now. A swarm this size is known as a “prime swarm” – the first of the season from a colony that is really booming in numbers. They depart the old hive with the original queen to find a new place to setup a colony.

This prime swarm was spotted yesterday. Overall size was similar to a full sized rugby ball and would weight about 3kg.

This prime swarm was spotted yesterday. Overall size was similar to a full sized rugby ball and would weigh about 3kg.

A prime swarm is the best type to catch – the sheer number of bees, and the fact the queen is already well established laying means that they get off to the quickest start possible.

I’m waiting to hear if these bees are still available… fingers crossed!

Added 3 days later – sadly this lead didn’t amount to anything. Hopefully they are settled comfortably in a new home somewhere.

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