“Found this swarm today in Bluemont Park near the 4th & Manchester Street parking lot, just off the Four Mile Run bike path,” someone posted to Arlington Regional Master Naturalists facebook page. “Very ... impressive. What are they? Should they stay or should they go now?”
“Look like honey bees,” came one answer. “Would be a boon for a beekeeper. Some know how to safely secure them. I’m no expert, but as non-native bees, I think they’re safer in a well-managed environment.”
Another reply agreed: “A beekeeper can retrieve them.”
Indeed, a beekeeper did retrieve them, and without sting or struggle.
“This was one of the most docile swarms I have ever collected,” posted the beekeeper who lured, or maybe poured, the swarm of bees into their new home. “It will be interesting to see how these do over time in the apiary.”
According to a post on the Northern Virginia Master Naturalists website, in Arlington County, anyone can keep as many beehives as they want. In Fairfax County, homeowners are limited to four hives. Beekeeping is not regulated in the City of Alexandria. All beekeepers are encouraged to register their hives with the state of Virginia.
If you discover a swarm of honeybees, a beekeeper will come to rehome the bees. Don’t spray them. Fill out this swarm alert form. https://www.novabees.org/Sys/PublicProfile/SendEmail/36694510 or email email@example.com
Or post a photo to a nature-oriented Facebook page.
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