[LEPS-L:7892] Re: An encounter with honeybees

Doug Yanega dyanega at pop.ucr.edu
Thu Nov 16 15:58:42 EST 2000

It is normal for honeybee swarms to form "bivouacs" of the sort you
describe, though yours sounds unusually large compared to what we see here
in North America with Apis mellifera (yours are almost certainly A. cerana,
if they're wild bees). They will rest in one spot for one to several days
while scouts go out in search of potential nesting sites. If the scouts
find a decent spot, the entire swarm moves as a unit, so rapid appearance
and departure of the entire mass of bees is typical.


Doug Yanega        Dept. of Entomology         Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California - Riverside, Riverside, CA 92521
phone: (909) 787-4315 (standard disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
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