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bees swarming now?

 
Valerie Dawnstar
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I happened across a swarm on my farm. I don't keep bees yet myself and am not aware of anyone in my neighborhood who has hives. I actually drove up the driveway as a cloud of bees was moving across it so I stopped and got out to watch. They flew another 50 feet or so then gathered on a branch about a foot off the ground. Does anyone know why they would be swarming now? Are these poor misguided bees doomed?
 
Patrick Mann
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In New York state? Then they are pretty much doomed. Not enough time before winter to establish a hive and collect enough honey to survive. You could try and combine it with an existing hive.
Very strange that they should swarm - possibly due to some disturbance that caused them to abandon their old hive.
 
Valerie Dawnstar
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I have no existing hives and couldn't find anyone to come and get them.

I went to check the branch they had swarmed on today and I am pretty sure I saw at least four queens with a few workers (?) climbing around. Most of the swarm of Tuesday was gone. Any guesses as to what happened?
 
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Ok, just talked to my local bee guy (who was out of town when this happened) and he says those are most likely drones I saw, not queens. And he concurred - those bees are doomed. He guessed that some local colony got damaged or threatened somehow which initiated the swarm.
 
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