June 10, 2005 – Bee Swarm

Today as I was mowing the yard in a break in the rain, I noticed a cloud of insects up ahead, like a big group of something had just hatched. As I got closer, I saw they were bees and realized it was a bee swarm. Watching the bees swarm is like a train wreck – it’s not something you want to see, but can’t take your eyes off. They started to swarm on a white pine branch about 15-20 feet off the ground.

By the time I had run back to get my camera, here was what the swarm looked like.- bee swarm
You can see that just a few have started to mass on a branch near the top of the tree and many are buzzing in the air.
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Here’s a closer look as the swarm continues to grow as the bees collect around the queen.
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Another close-up of the main swarm body as it begins to elongate.
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Even more bees coming in to make the swarm even bigger.
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Finally, the swarm is at relative rest and all the bees that swarmed are in a mass.

It is quite an experience to see this phenomenon of nature and hear the incredible buzzing as they were swarming!