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How to identify a Honey Bee Swarm

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Beekeepers are often approached about winged, flying creatures, especially in the spring and summer period, when these generate a lot of activity.  The most common insects are honeybees, bumblebees and wasps. Our experienced beekeepers can collect honey bee swarms, provided the swarm is accessible, but will not collect other bees or insects.This section shows you how to tell them apart and what to do after that. (Acknowledgement: Contents Provided by BBKA)

 

Step 1 - Bumblebees


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Bumblebees are often confused with honeybees. However they are rounder, larger and furrier and come with a variety of coloured stripes across the end of their tails. Are they in a bird box, under the decking, in the compost? Leave them alone if possible. Bumblebees are an important pollinator and rarely sting. Bumblebees are under threat of extinction.

Please do not call our beekeepers about bumblebees. They are unable to help you with these and will not collect/remove them.

For advice on moving bumblebee nests please go to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust website where you will find a great deal of information.

 

Step 2 - Solitary bees

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Are there lots of small bees popping in and out of the wall or very small holes in the ground. Do they have a reddy/brown bottom? Are they almost black? These are Solitary Bees, they are harmless and as their name suggest live more or less alone. They aren't interested in you and should be left alone.For more information click here.

Please do not call our beekeepers about solitary bees. They are unable to help you with these and will not collect/remove them.

See more information.

 

Step 3 - Wasps

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Is it bright yellow with black stripes? Very smooth mainly yellow with black stripes? Is it in the roof of your house? Are they coming from a round nest in a tree? Is there a nest in the shed? Do they have a high pitched buzz? Are they after all things sweet? Then these are probably Wasps.

Please do not call our beekeepers about wasps. They are unable to help you with these and will not collect/remove them.

See BWARS.

 

Step 4 - Hornets

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Are they very big with a loud buzz? Are they black and brown with a hint of orange? Living in the roof or shed? Do they have a very big curved tail? These are Hornets.

Please do not call our beekeepers about hornets. They are unable to help you with these and will not collect/remove them.

See BWARS.

 

 

Step 5 - Honey Bees

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Honeybees are small and vary in colour from golden brown to almost black.

If you have honey bees at you home use the photo below to see what a swarm looks like.

If you are looking at a similar swarm then please contact our Swarm Collectors  who will provide appropriate help or advice with your honey bee swarm.