Honey Bee Swarm

Photograph taken by on Saturday, April 07, 2012
Honey Bee Swarm

Honey Bee Swarm

Honey Bees on the Wing

Honey Bees on the Wing

Have you ever seen an honest to goodness swarm? I don’t think I have, at least not recently. We were out at Rocklands Farm today, visiting and enjoying a beautiful spring day gamboling with the goats. Naturally I took a lot of pictures. Shortly before we left, Greg came in and said we should come see the swarm of bees, which was gathering on the southern magnolia in front of the house. The air was filled with the buzzing and on a branch, about 15 feet up in the tree was a seething mass of bees. The bees were flying all around us but seemed totally oblivious to our presence. A few even flew into us but they recovered and continued on their way without incident. The out-of-focus spots in the first picture are bees.

In the second picture you can see how full the air is. They were in constant motion and you could hear it from a good distance away.

Very cool.

2 Responses to Honey Bee Swarm

  1. janisglenn

    Alas, here today, gone tomorrow. They have departed for places unknown. Thanks for capturing it on film. Next year we will be ready with a super and a tree trimmer and a beekeeper’s suit, and we will keep the bees for ourselves.

  2. HannaH

    great pic! i find bees very interesting.
    but also, gotta love anyone who can use “gamboling” correctly in a sentence, and in correct zoological context, too, no less!