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Swarming in Honey Bees

An essential part of their existence

This page is intended to be an index for all pages connected with swarming.

Swarming is often considered simply as colony reproduction, but there is an alternative view.

Depending on whether you are a beekeeper or a member of the non beekeeping public, your views may vary from a swarm being a minor nuisance to it being perceived as a threat.

For the benefit of non-beekeepers honey bees are not normally aggressive, but occasionally a colony may become defensive. They are equipped with a sting to defend their home and they can be provoked into using it. However, they are in fact normally very gentle creatures, but they are much prejudiced by grossly exaggerated and scare-mongering stories propagated by the worlds press and news media, who are often more interested in the "story" than the truth. As a well known beekeeper, I am often contacted by the news media who ask me questions. I give them an answer based on my experience and knowledge, but if that answer isn't what they want, they ask someone else.

If you are not a beekeeper, but would like to know more about honey bees and swarming, then look on the Bees and Swarms page.

Roger Patterson.