The springtime is when honeybees
reproduce. Reproduction for honeybees usually is a time when the honeybees begin to swarm from their beehive. The
spring time swarming period typically last about four weeks. Normally a single swarm of honeybees divide and
becomes two during the swarming period.
Because swarming typically means
a loss of honey production most beekeeper's try to discourage the bees from swarming. Beekeeper's control the
swarming of their honeybees by purchasing new honeybees each spring to replace their previous honeybees that left
the hives the previous fall.
Another method commonly used by
beekeeper's to control swarming is the creation of a new colony. Creating a starter beehive and then splitting it
encourages honeybees to stay in their respective hives. Some beekeeper's believe that honeybees only swarm when
they have a large amount of food in the beehive. beekeeper's who believe this theory use a method called checker
boarding to discourage their honeybees from swarming. When a beekeeper checkerboards their beehives they remove
some of the frames full of honey, giving the honeybees the feeling that they don't have any excess honey in
reserve; therefore, discouraging the honeybees from swarming.
It is unusual for honeybees to
swarm when there is a new queen honeybee in the beehive. As time passes and the queen honeybee ages is when the
hive typically prepares to swarm, generally the elderly queenbee leaves with the primary swarm, leaving a new queen
in her place.
When the elderly queen honeybee
is getting ready to swarm with the primary swarm she stops laying eggs. The queen then concentrates on getting fit
enough to fly when she leaves the beehive. When smaller swarms of honeybees leave the beehive they are commonly
accompanied by the virgin queen honeybee.
When the honeybees first leave
the beehive in a swarm, honeybees don't typically go far from the beehive they have always known. After fleeing the
beehive the honeybees usually settle on a nearby tree branch or under an eave. The worker bees cluster around the
queen bee, protecting her. Once they have the queen bee protected, some honeybees scout out the area until they
find a suitable beehive to turn into their new home.
Some beekeeper's see honeybee
swarming as a way to restock their beehives. An experienced beekeeper has no problem capturing a group of swarming
honeybees. Beekeeper's use a device called a Nasrove Pheromone to catch swarming honey bees.
When honeybees swarm, they take
no additional food supply with them. The only honey they take from the original beehive is the honey they
Although honeybees normally
swarm only during the spring time the same is not true of Africanized Bees, also known as "Killer Bees". The
Africanized Bees swarm whenever they have a difficult time finding a food supply.
Africanized Bees typically don't
go after people when they are swarming, there is something about the site of a swarm of killer bees that scares
people. It is not unusual for a beekeeper to be called out to capture a colony of swarming bees and usually they're