Swarming = Geographical Exploration of Conditions & Forage
Many years ago (when I was even less experianced a beekeeper as I am now.)
I noticed that some colonies would swarm to such an extent that the
parent hive did not survive.
I am of the opinion that bees do nothing inadvertantly and I puzzled
over what their strategy might be.
The conclusion that I came to stemmed from the numbers of swarms and
the directions of escape.
There were usually five or six swarms and each seemed to set off in a
The different directions suggested to me that the bees swarming at the
time were aware of the existance of the freshly established swarms
that had left hours or days before. And that they did not want to
compete with them.
It then became plain to me that the bees were not 'propagating the race'
but were exploring the geography. Any swarms finding a good place would
thrive whilst those in poorer areas would fail.
The parent site was not important as it would be re-populated by a swarm
from one of the daughter colonies at a subsequent time.
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