Honey bees expand their colonies through a process known as swarming. A hive will swarm when the colony reaches a density sufficient in size to support additional locations. When the time is right the colony will stop feeding the queen to allow her to become light enough for flight. Once the queen is able to take flight she, and approximately half of the honey bees from the colony will depart in what is referred to as a swarm (see image).
While a swarm may appear intimidating to see, that couldn't be much further from the truth. Swarms are gentle and can be handled without protective gear when done by a professional beekeeper.
If you see a swarm it is important that you contact a beekeeper so that they may capture the swarm and place it into a beehive. The bees will treat the hive as their new home and continue to grow. You should never spray or kill a honey bee swarm.
A Honey bee swarm will collect at a single location (a tree branch, under your home's eves, and even on your car bumper) and will remain at the location while scout bees search the area in hopes of locating a new home for the swarm and queen to inhabit. This entire process must occur before the swarm succumbs to weather, hunger or predators.
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