It’s Swarm Season!May 22, 2014 by bbfadminEach Spring, for any number of reasons, honeybees in Pennsylvania are starting to swarm–leaving their homes and taking up residence elsewhere. Typically, there’s a resting point where the bees gather in a large ball–the queen can typically be found in the center of the ball–awaiting the return of the scout bees who are out in the field, looking for the perfect home. When they find it, scouts return to the colony and do a dance, called a waggle dance, in which they communicate the exact location of the new residence. Each bee then investigates that location herself, returning to the hive to dance the same dance, if she approves. Once all of the bees are dancing to the same tune–a democratic vote of sorts–they’ll all fly off together in a swarm to that location.This small colony settled briefly on the frame of a reclaimed vehicle before I gathered it up and placed it in the BumbleBerry Farms apiary.