Honeybees are social insects that live in large colonies, usually made up of between 20,000 to 80,000 bees. These colonies are made up of a queen bee and her female workers, who are responsible for the day-to-day running of the hive.
When a honeybee colony becomes too large, they swarm in order to find a new home. This is a natural process in which a portion of the colony, including the queen bee and workers, leave the hive in search of a new location. This can occur when the hive becomes overcrowded or when there is a lack of resources.
The workers will scout for a suitable new home and when one is found, the entire colony will migrate to the new site. Swarming is an important part of a honeybee colony’s life cycle and helps to ensure the survival of the species.
In this video posted by the Yappy Beeman, an Alabama beekeeper, he describes how was called in to address this massive swarm right in the middle of their move. As luck would have it, he immediately finds the queen, which is what he needs to move her get the rest of the worker bees to follow her into the hive.
What follows is amazing footage of him shaking loose the entire swarm. I would never do what this guy does–it is so amazing to watch! No wonder it has over 30 million views! Watch the full video below and please leave us a Facebook comment to let us know what you thought.
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