Gardening Magazine

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Bee Swarm

By David Marsden @anxiousgardener

(A swarm of wild honey bees flew overhead today as we cut the beech hedging.  I followed them up the drive where they landed on an apple tree to form a large tear-drop around the queen.  As swarming bees are not generally aggressive, I got very close with my standard lens: but I wouldn’t advise poking them with a stick).

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Coalescing on the queen bee

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A new bee colony

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From below

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Close up of honey bee workers

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A sisterly look

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And keeping an eye on me

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