Beekeeper collecting swarming honeybees

Beekeeper collecting swarming honeybees

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Credit: SIMON FRASER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Beekeeper collecting swarming honeybees (Apis mellifera) in a skep (basket). The skep is used to help move the bees to a new hive. Swarming is the method by which honeybee colonies divide, resulting in the creation of an additional colony or colonies. The process is initiated by the queen bee, who leaves the hive and is followed by a large number of worker bees. Virgin queen bees in the old colony compete to become the new queen, while the old queen may control the new colony for a few weeks until she is replaced by a new queen. Photographed in July.

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