Honey Bees are the most important insects on the earth. They are the single biggest pollinator, many plants would simply disappear from the landscape if it weren’t for the flight and food-gathering behavior of honey bees. During the summer when flowers are less numerous, honey bees and wasps can be very serious pests in places such as around trash containers and aluminum can recycling centers.
One of the most interesting honey bee colony behaviors is known as “swarming.” Swarming is the method used by honey bees to start a new colony. A swarm is merely a honey bee colony in search of a nesting site. A swarm generally consists of a mated queen bee along with hundreds or thousands of accompanying worker bees. Swarming bees are not normally aggressive and can, in most cases, be approached safely. Unless you are an experienced beekeeper, however, it is best to avoid getting too close to swarming bees. Bees in swarms may, on occasion, sting intruders who venture too close.