Story: Beekeeping

Wild bee colony

Wild bee colony

In spring, when new queen bees are hatching – and especially if the bees have been well fed over winter – new swarms may form and leave the parent hive. Swarming bees are not usually dangerous, and, as with most bees, will not sting unless threatened. They look for a home in a tree or branch, then search for nectar to support the new colony. This swarm has relocated to a hollow tree.

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Allan Gillingham, 'Beekeeping - The bee colony', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 May 2024)

Story by Allan Gillingham, published 24 Nov 2008