The Bees are Swarming!
“The bees are swarming!!” The interns, Koanga employees and Kotare villagers alike were all buzzing ourselves to the hives, excited, taking photos, and watching the show.
Becky Bell, one of our interns explains the excitement of the day: “When a new queen bee is born, the old queen leaves the hive to make way for the new queen, and as she leaves she takes a bunch of workers with her.
This is known as a swarm. The swarm gathers close to the hive for about 3 hours and then can leave and re-gather several kilometers away, which means a beekeeper can easily miss spotting the swarm. Today, the swarm gathered in the mandarin tree close to the hives and the institute buildings, so we were lucky to spot it. Quick work meant that the swarm could be smoothly dropped into a new hive box to create a new hive and naturally expand our hives here at Koanga. An exciting time for the bees! It was especially exciting to see the swarm considering we had moved the hive last week!”