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What is Swarm?

  1. A large number of worker bees, drones, and usually the old queen that leaves the parent colony to establish a new colony.
  2. A collection of bees and a queen that has left one hive in search of a new home (usually because the original colony had become too crowded). Bees typically leave behind about half of the original colony and the makings for a new queen (queen cells or swarm cells). The act itself is called swarming.
  3. A collection of bees that is currently without a home site and looking for a new one.
  4. A settled cluster or flying mass of bees, including the queen, workers and drones that left the parent colony to form a new colony elsewhere. On some occasions, a swarm may be queenless.


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