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Swarms


If you have a swarm that needs removing you can call one of our swarm collectors.


Here is the list of our current swarm collectors and the general area they can pick up from.

Bruce Walker - Fernside 027 472 4439

Gerard van Kuppevelt - Swannanoa 03 312 6966

Olly Glintmeyer - Clarkeville/Kaiapoi 03 327 7910

Nick Thorp - Rangiora/Woodend 022 199 2340

Bronwen Thorp - Loburn/Rangiora. 03 312 8877


Bees will swarm on the most random of objects.

swarm queen cells in the hive  swarm in a fruit tree  bee swarm on random objects

swarm on a park bench  swarm on a car bumper  swarm on a playground swing


Wild swarms will not survive for long with the bee diseases in existence in New Zealand, so catching them and re-homing them into a hive where they can be looked after properly is very important.

A swarm is the way bees multiply. (think of a bee colony as an individual entity with many components)

Once a swarm queen has hatched, generally the old queen will leave with a large proportion of the hive workers that have gorged themselves on honey to start a new colony.

When the hive is very strong, or in an undesirable place, they can swarm out. Several queens are raised at once and the original queen does not kill the many cells produced.

Each queen will leave the hive with ever decreasing numbers until there are virtually no bees left.


Swarms usually occur a day or 2 before bad weather in order they can build up new comb while the weather is unsuitable for flying, that way when the weather clears there is comb ready to put stores in.

Swarms normally occur September through November but depending on the season August to January. Swarms may occur after January but they are often too small and its too late in the season to for them to survive as a colony. In this case the small swarm will be put on top of another swarm caught earlier to boost the bee numbers.


Here is some further reading on bee swarms https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swarming_(honey_bee)


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