In spring, when new queen bees are hatching – and especially if the bees have been well fed over winter – new swarms may form and leave the parent hive. Swarming bees are not usually dangerous, and, as with most bees, will not sting unless threatened. They look for a home in a tree or branch, then search for nectar to support the new colony. This swarm has relocated to a hollow tree.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
Natural Sciences Image Library of New Zealand
Photograph by John Marris
This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.