It was incredibly loud - a true "bee-loud glade" - But as the grouping got tighter, the buzzing got quieter and quieter. 

This wasn't even a very large swarm in general, but the sheer numbers of honeybees gathering in the foliage was staggering and awesome...

You can see the swarm in the maple tree about 20 feet directly above the original hive.

The Week of May 9th 2017 - HoneyBEE SWARM WeEK!

All are settled, and we are so thrilled!  But the next day, it happens yet again! A second swarm! 


This group seems a bit less organized than the first one - they start landing and clustering all over the place ... in the currant bushes and even on the umbrella....


Later in the evening, we cut the branch that the swarm was hanging on from the tree and lowered it down, plopping the swarm into a hive box.  We covered it up for the night. 

And instead of having a beehive, we found ourselves with a beeyard! 

They settled in quickly - fanning out from the queen inside...

The next morning everyone was still in the box; they took a while to get settled in, but by the evening we were able to move the new hive box up next to the original hive. 

And it was suddenly completely quiet and not a bee anyway but in the gathering itself. The original hive quieted as well, getting back to normal... 

I was working on bringing plants down to the driveway for the Plant Sale when I became aware that the bees were very noisy. Something was going on....

With some ladder work, we were able to saw off the branch and pass it to one another until they were lowered into a box. 


midsummer Farm

The swarm can be seen in the above photo in the upper left corner...


This swarm was a pretty small one, but that would be expected as a second swarm. And we were also out of spare boxes, so we had to use an old nuc box, which fit this little swarm quite perfectly and snugly. 


We were thrilled and thankful once again. 


My parents ordered us a new hive online for this extra swarm and had it sent overnight... 


I was very relieved when I saw they were starting to really ball up right in the tree above the original hive.

The spare hive arrived just in time for us to gather in this fabulous swarm - and seriously, could these bees have made it any easier for us?

Within a few minutes there were thousands of bees outside the hive, buzzing around fervently. They started to land on the surrounding trees and bushes and on me and on the plants I was carrying...

But the next day.... I felt that same tingling in the air. But it was not coming from our original hive - no bees were streaming out of it this time... But suddenly the air around what was quickly becoming our bee yard was filled with bees! And a giant swarm formed on a pussy willow not more than 20 feet from our other hives! 

They do get themselves together and cluster together in a tight ball just a little higher up in the maple than the first swarm.


The air, once again, is filled with bees - the front of our original hive is covered as bees stream out... I am starting to be able to recognize a certain energy - an electricity in the air...