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Serendipitous bee swarm

 
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jeffo
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 6:22 pm    Post subject: Serendipitous bee swarm Reply with quote

New bees in the garden!


https://youtu.be/PuZEAHY7SxE
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mefgbee
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations. Excellent video Very Happy
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ingo50
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2015 3:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for posting video, it looks like the hive had been used by a colony before so helped in attracting a new swarm. How big was the cluster inside?
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jeffo
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2015 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hive has been in use for about 5 years so it has been well used! Prime Real Estate as our American cousins might say.

Not had a look at them yet - will wait 10 days or so to let them settle in.
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Lacewing
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2015 7:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For all lots of people do their utmost to avoid swarms, there's really something joyous and glorious about a swarm isn't there? - And so satisfying when it's arriving at your hive, not going in the opposite direction!
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jeffo
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2015 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're right! To stand in the middle of that many bees is awe inspiring, witnessing the life force that compels them to leave their home and found a new colony.

A few years ago there was a swarm arrived in the middle of our local bus station. People were running and screaming to get out of the way while I stood in the middle of the mass of bees waiting for them to settle and hopefully collect them later. Unfortunately, they decided to leave the location so I didn't get them, but the look on the onlookers faces as I walked away was priceless.

And it IS the first time I've witnessed them coming instead of going!
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ingo50
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2015 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree Jeffo. We can thank Hollywood for planting fear in the general public's mind by making films about Killer Bees etc. Also illustrates how removed from nature many people are.
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