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Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Butler / Moshannon Pa
Actually, swarming bees show no aggression. They have no hive anymore, so there’s nothing to defend. Also when bees swarm, they gorge themselves with honey ( if a bee weighed 100 lb, when he flys out with a swarm he’ll weigh 180 lb). They will need this honey to turn into beeswax when they arrive at their new home. The extra honey they’re packing makes it physically difficult to bend their abdomen to sting you. If a swarm remain on a branch for a couple of days, the honey they stored in their gut is consumed. They become what beekeepers call a “hot swarm”. All bets are off about their disposition. That’s why I always ask the property owner how long the swarm has been hanging there.
When I was a kid 50 years ago, I’d go with my uncle to catch swarms. He wore no veil, no shirt. He’d pull his belt tight and tuck his pant legs into his socks. He believed he’d only be stung if a bee pinched himself under his clothing. I’ve caught swarms with little protective gear, but all but a couple of time I’ve always had at least a hat and veil on.
Anybody ever drive through a swarm of flying honeybees? I’ve had it happen 3 times. Once on I 80, twice on Rt 422. You’ll see a black ball in front of you, then have 100s hit your windshield at once.