This weekend I experienced what I can only describe as simply AMAZING. Just after 1:00 pm I put our two kids down for a nap. When I walked out of the house, I heard what sounded like a jet plane taking off directly over my head. What I saw next absolutely stunned me: a honey bee swarm in our vegetable garden.
Almost instantly, my beekeeping instincts kicked into gear. I wanted to catch that swarm and I raced to tell both my husband and our daughter. We suited up and prepared to catch our newest farm family members before they decided to leave for somewhere else.
Honey bees swarm for a few reasons, but in essence half of the population of the mother hive leaves with the old queen to establish a new hive. When the bees leave the mother hive, they gorge themselves with honey in anticipation that it may take them some time to find a new home. Because of this, they are fairly docile and don't tend to sting. The swarm lands wherever the queen is and they cluster on top of her to protect her and keep her warm.