Beekeeper hiving a honeybee swarm

Beekeeper hiving a honeybee swarm

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This image is part of the sequence Animals: Beekeepers collect swarming honeybees

Credit: SIMON FRASER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Beekeeper hiving a honeybee (Apis mellifera) swarm. He using a board to lead them up to an empty beehive which they will colonise. The bees were collected in a skep (lower left). A swarm is a group of bees that have separated from a colony to form a new one. Swarming 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.

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