A Surprise Swarm

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When my dad got home today, we spotted something in the yard. Hanging from one of our fruit trees, was a swarm of bees. What had happened was that a group of bees decided that they no longer liked the place where they had their hive, and they took off in search of a new home. They were all clumped up on a branch. You can see the clump here:

The swarm hanging from our fruit tree.
The swarm hanging from our fruit tree.
This is the clump of swarmed bees on our fruit tree.
This is the clump of swarmed bees on our fruit tree.

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Dad and I were excited! If we could catch them, we could put them in a new hive and have another hive going. Dad is often asked to catch bees in town and he has gotten some new hives that way. Dad had started getting things together to start milking. He had to stop and go get the bee keeping stuff together.

Unfortunately, by the time he got back, the branch had bent too far in the wind, and the whole clump of bees fell off and took off. Oh well! Next time, hopefully.

Flying bees after the clump fell.
Flying bees after the clump fell.
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2 thoughts on “A Surprise Swarm

  1. Wonderful blog, Emily! Well written, chock full of interesting and useful info, nicely illustrated. I just found out about it recently and read through post after post, but chose this one to comment and say I hope you will continue writing and sharing your experience and knowledge with others.

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