Swarms

Swarm in Flight

Swarm in Flight

BEE SWARMS Call 13 25 23
Qld Dept Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (QDAFF) can assist you with Bee Swarm enquiries
Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri    8.00am to 5.00pm Thursday 9.00am to 5.00pm
Email:callweb@daf.qld.gov.au
Web: http://www.daf.qld.gov.au/animal-industries/bees

Outside these hours contact your nearest swarm collector below.

Are swarms dangerous?
They are focused on finding a new home, not on attacking you. That said, it is important to keep your distance from swarming bees, because if the bees feel threatened, then it is possible they will sting.
A swarm may stay around for a few days, depending on how quickly the scout bees find a suitable new home. This could happen very quickly, even within a day. If however, you come across a bee swarm that really is too inconvenient to tolerate, firstly:
Do not attempt to move or destroy the swarm unless you know what you are doing. Such attempts could seriously backfire. Contact a swarm collector for advice about dealing with the swarm.

Swarm Collectors

NAME REGION CONTACT
Darrel Frank Ipswich area 07 3281 4171
Willem den Otter Ipswich & Surrounds 0431 686 272
Trevor Nardi Booval and East Ipswich 07 3282 1201
Alan Water Chuwar and Ipswich 07 3202 3089
Frank Moeller Booval and Bundamba 0419 160 164
Robert & Elizabeth Finney Chuwar & Karalee 07 3812 0309
Rob & Sharon Jones Western side of Brisbane 07 3201 1248
Mark Langham Brookfield 0406 685 768
John Noble Fernvale 0429 966 269
Dave Hutton Fernvale 0428 685 802
Laurie Walker Greenbank 07 38090303
Michael Howcroft Fairfield 0435 036 184
David Meilack Bellbird Park 0421 690 255
Frank Earley Camira 07 3288 3405
Christopher Billing Jindalee 0400 335 013
Brad Beikoff Karana Downs 0411 028 192
Ben Aland Barellan Point 0403 733 034
Jason Stanton Gailes 0434 059 008
Greg O'Rourke Lowood 54262685

Swarming is the process by which a new honeybee colony is formed when the Queen bee leaves the colony with a large group of worker bees. Up to 60% of the worker bees leave the original hive location with the old Queen. This swarm can contain thousands to tens of thousands of bees. Swarming is mainly a spring phenomenon, but occasional swarms can happen throughout the warmer months. Secondary after-swarms may happen but are rare. After-swarms are usually smaller and are accompanied by one or more virgin Queens. Sometimes a beehive will swarm in succession until it is almost totally depleted of workers.

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