Coweta Beekeepers Association on Lookout for Honeybee Swarms

05/14/2008 08:00

 The Coweta Beekeepers Association needs your help.

The beekeepers in Coweta County are currently on the lookout for honeybee swarms.


A honeybee swarm is the way honey bees reproduce. The queen prepares for the swarm by laying tens of thousands of eggs in the spring, and if the conditions are right, the workers will create about a dozen queen cells and start producing new queens.


Then the old queen and about half the workers leave the hive and settle on a branch or other object nearby. The swarm will stay on the branch from an hour to five days. When the swarm finds a suitable location, such as a hollow tree, they leave the branch for their new home.


If a swarm can be captured the beekeeper can provide a good home in a bee hive and the swarm will become a productive honey-producing hive.

A swarm of honey bees is simply a large mass of bees typically about the size of a football on a tree limb, branch of other object. It can be much smaller or larger.


If you find a swarm don't disturb it or harm it in any way, say the local beekeepers.


Call the Coweta County Extension Office, 770-254-2620. It has a list of beekeepers that will remove swarms for free.


The Coweta Beekeepers meet at the Asa M. Powell Sr. Expo Center, 197 Temple Ave., Newnan, on the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. Visitors are always welcome. The group's annual picnic is on May 31 and a field trip is on June 7.


For more information about the Coweta Beekeepers Association, contact Steven Page 770-683-2465.