Last night, just as the sun was setting, my Dad, Matt and I went on a mini adventure to see something special – a bee swarm. See these little beasties grow sleepy as the temperature drops so sunset is the best time to avoid disturbing them if you want to get a glimpse.
This honeybee colony have made their home on the branch of a tree nestled in the boundary of a field. There’s no physical structure on the branch, other than a pile of bees on bees, on bees.
It’s certainly not a Winnie the Pooh perfect hive, but this swarm is beautiful all the same. I have no idea how common this is, but apparently it’s a hive’s way of reproducing. Half of the colony will leave, along with the old queen bee to set up elsewhere and they hang about for a day or two like this until they’ve found a new home. Have you ever seen one?
I imagine the honey these bees produce tastes incredible. They’re spoilt for choice with plenty of clover, honey suckle and elderflower near by.