Honey bees swarming

Honey bees swarming

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Credit: DR P. MARAZZI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Honey bees (Apis mellifera) swarming. Swarming is the method by which honey bee colonies divide. The process is initiated by the queen bee, who leaves the hive along with a large number of worker bees. The swarm settles for a short time on a branch or stump, and then departs to form a colony in a new location. Photographed in June, in Surrey, UK.

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