Honeybee swarm season is approaching, and beekeepers would like
area residents to call them if they find a swarm. Swarms are one way
beekeepers can remedy the heavy losses of bee colonies many
experienced this winter.
Usually forming a clump anywhere from baseball to football size, a
honeybee swarm settles on a bush, tree, or sometimes odd location
while sending scouts out to find a new home. Unless the weather is
cold and rainy, swarms usually remain in place at most two or three
days. On warm, sunny days, they may leave within hours. The bees have
no hive to protect and generally are not aggressive unless bothered.
Only rarely do swarms set up housekeeping and building comb
without an appropriate cavity in which to do so. In any case, a call
to police dispatchers or to beekeepers listed on the Southeastern
Indiana Bee Club map at www.indianahoney.org
will send an eager beekeeper to collect them. Please DON'T spray or
otherwise bother the swarm in the meantime.
The SIBA site also can help with identification of honeybees
versus other insects such as wasps and yellow jackets.
To learn more about SIBA beekeepers and beekeepers, pick up a copy
of the Thursday, April 4, Dearborn County Register, or read it online
CUT: Honeybee swarms often settle in trees before leaving for a
new home. Beekeepers will collect swarms and can be reached through
police dispatchers or the Southeastern Indiana Beekeepers Association