Tuesday, May 17, 2016

"Is that a nest?"

"Is that a nest?" asked the woman hiking by?

No. No, I don't think so.

bee swarm

This is a honey bee swarm. A queen and her workers is searching for a new colony location. It can be the old queen moving the colony or "virgin queens" setting out to build a new colony.

bee swarm
Honey bee swarm. Escondido, California. May 8, 2016. Greg Gillson.
Though it may be a bit unnerving to some, such swarming bees are not aggressive. At this point they have no colony or young to protect, so are less likely to feel threatened. The bees may hang here for a couple of days until scouts come back with a good report of a new location for the hive.