Swarm pick up

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I’ve just picked up this swarm that came form a hollow tree, the bees have lived and swarmed from there for the last 30 years the lady said.

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Its the biggest I’ve ever seen.

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Where it came from

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Queen bees mating flight

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I was lucky enough to see this rare event of one of my virgin queen bees  returning back to the hive from a mating flight (hopefully not a virgin now) she only ever leaves the hive on her mating flight or when she leaves with a swarm so may be only two or three outings fomr the hive in her lifetime.

German wasp (Vespula germanica)

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The face of The German wasp has a triangle of three dots, you can see the larger dot and just about see the two smaller dots below.

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Macro make you look wrinkly

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Removing the head and thorax of one of my honey bees ,  its no match for a wasp. The wasp will take the bee parts back to its nest for food.

Very similar in appearance to the Common Wasp, though very slightly bigger. The best way of telling them apart is by looking at the face. There are usually three small black spots (rarely one) and it is never anchor-shaped as it is in case of the Common Wasp.
Habitat
Almost anywhere.
When to see it
April/May to September/October.
Life History
The nest is like that of the Common Wasp but greyish in colour. It is normally made underground in an abandoned mouse nest or even a mole hill. Construction of the nest often starts as early as mid April. The nests can become very large with thousands of individuals and, unusually, may have more than one entrance.

for more id information please see Eakringbirds

Honey bee (apis mellifera) (Garden)

Honey bee (apis mellifera)

These are my bees, The Queen marked with a yellow dot which denotes 2012 , is a new queen she has replace the queen that the workers killed off as she was not laying. She is a Carniolan queen.

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A swarm of bees that I caught and re hived .A new honey bee colony is formed when the queen bee leaves the colony with a large group of worker bees, a process called swarming. In the prime swarm, about 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, usually within a two- or three-week period depending on the locale, but occasional swarms can happen throughout the producing season. Swarming is the natural means of reproduction of honey bee colonies.