York County Beekeepers Association

Swarms

SCBA’s swarm team consists of  local beekeepers who are willing to collect honey bee swarms in Sagadahoc County and greater Brunswick. To find one in your area, click here

If you can’t find someone on the list, report it to the Maine State Beekeepers Association’s swarm team, or call 207-619-4233.

Please make sure that what you are seeing are honey bees and not wasps or hornets before contacting a beekeeper. A swarm appears as a tight cluster of bees with others drifting in close proximity, and will look similar to those in the photo. Although usually seen hanging off a tree branch or fence, they will occasionally choose other locations. Swarming bees may appear frightening but are actually quite docile as they don’t have a hive to defend at that moment. They will generally hang around for only a few hours to a day before flying away to a new home.

Watch this 2:38 video to see the difference between bees and wasps

how to ID bees and wasps

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