Swarm Collection

Healthy bee colonies will swarm in the spring, sending out about half of their bees to establish a new colony. The first step in this process is formation of a swarm, which will temporarily settle on a tree (or similar exposed location) while they pick a permanent home. This is a good time to collect them and home them into a beehive, before they settle in the walls of someone’s home.

If you are very close to Neutral Bay, I will generally collect the swarm at no cost. If you are farther away, I’ll charge for my travel time. If you are more than an hour away, you can try https://www.beekeepers.asn.au/swarms to find a local beekeeper.

To book arrange collection, please text your address and a photo of the swarm to 0423 298 841

I am currently donating swarms bees to commercial beekeepers who have lost their hives to fires last year and to the current Verroa infestation.

 For your curiosity, here are some more interesting swarm collections I have done:

The Maritime Museum called me when a swarm of bees settled on the stern of the HMAS Vampire, in the middle of Darling Harbour!

I am pointing to the bees in this photo. I wonder where they came from… Is someone keeping bees on a nearby rooftop?


Here a swarm has settled between two doors in Beacon Hill:

This is a typical swarm in size, but picture-perfect with the flowers:

This is one of the largest swarms I have collected, in Carlingford:

This is a smaller swarm, it was a the SECOND swarm from the same hive, which occasionally happens when the colony is especially strong.

Below photos are from a call-out to the University of New South Wales, UNSW:

UNSW Campus
UNSW Campus

I moved the queen into the wooden beehive and within a minute, the bees were marching in, following her scent. It took some disassembly to get the last of the bees out from under the grate…

UNSW Campus

This is a more typical swarm in a tree. The bees move out of their hive and settle in a tree temporarily while they look for a new home in Mosman.

This was an unusual situation where the bees built their colony in an exposed bush (Lane Cove).

bees in a bush

This swarm was at a pre-school (Chatswood). I found the Queen, put her in the box, and all the other bees marched in to be with her.

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