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The swarm (1)

Today I was lucky enough to witness a small colony of wild honey bees (Apis mellifera) swarming. They had set up temporary home on an area of mown grass from where the 'scouts' set out to find a new home. As they returned to the swarm on the ground, they performed their characteristic 'dance', a coded message to the others describing where they had been. Once during the day, the entire colony took off almost as one, flew around the area and returned to the exact same spot. Whilst swarming, bees are known to be at their most docile and I was able to get the camera within a couple of inches of them without a single one taking any notice of me.

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Taken on May 11, 2006