Swarming is the natural process of reproduction for honey bee colonies. In the prime swarm, about half the bees leave the colony with the old queen, leaving a new queen developing at the original colony location.
If you think you have found a honey bee swarm
Firstly - check that they are honey bees
There is often a lot of confusion with other types of bees and wasps.
In April bees seen on the ground or in banks are frequently a mining bee, often the Tawny Mining Bee (see here for a picture)
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Collecting a drenched swarm from a playing field in Brightwell cum Sotwell. Produced by Becky Moll.
Collecting a swarm in a skep
In May/June it could be a Bumblebee. The Tree Bumblebee Bombus Hypnorum, like to make a home in bird nest boxes (see here for a picture).
From early summer, wasp nests may be found. Please note, destruction of a wasp's nest should NOT be undertaken by untrained persons.
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