What is swarming?

What is swarming?
Swarming occurs when a hive of bees outgrows the space available to raise young or store food. A swarm, or clump of bees, leaves the main hive to start a new one and can appear on a tree limb or almost anywhere. The bees clump tightly together surrounding the queen with their bodies to protect her while she is vulnerable away from the protection of a hive and they will not break away from the clump or pose any danger to you unless provoked or sprayed.  Please do not panic if you encounter bees who just need a larger home; remain calm and report the swarm so it can be rescued. Please observe the swarm carefully from a safe distance. Not all swarms, nests, or hives are honeybees. Sometimes other insects like yellow jackets are mistaken for honeybees. 

 

Honeybee swarms can be successfully relocated to begin a new hive and provide our community with invaluable pollination benefits, not to mention the great honey! Help save our bees!

When is the next beekeeping class?

We provide an annual beekeeping class on president's day weekend. It is a full two days packed full of beekeeping information, fun, and fellowship. Class is open to the first 50 paid registrants. Class is held at MUSC. You will have a chance to order bees at the class. 
 

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