Recently, our hive here at the Museum swarmed. When a new queen is born, the old queen usually leaves and takes part of the hive with her and leaves--or "swarms" to establish a hive in a different location. Our hive is on exhibit on the upper floor of the Museum. The hive exhibit and has a clear short tube that connects with a window then passes to the outside. Visitors can watch the bees in the hive working and watch as the worker bees come and go into the hive. By the way, did you know that all the worker bees are female? As the bees swarmed, they gathered on the outside of the window and hung in "chains" or masses of bees all holding on to each other:
That's all for now..more in two weeks!