Bee swarm season has city buzzing
AS many as 10,000 bees swarmed an inner city Hobart location yesterday, with reports of another sighting just around the corner.
Beekeeper Matt Bond of Bee in the Sedge Apiary collected the European honey bees from a laneway running alongside the Ibis Styles Hotel on Macquarie St.
Mr Bond took the bees to his apiary at Birchs Bay and said the key to containing swarming bees was to target the queen.
“She lets off a pheromone and the others just march in behind her like good little soldiers,” he said.
“Now I’ve got to wait until sunset because there will be more flying around looking for pollen and new nest areas and they’ll come back to where the queen was.
“I had another call today about another swarm just around the corner on the corner of Barrack and Liverpool streets. When I got there, they weren’t there, but they sounded a similar size so I think they’re from the same hive.”
Mr Bond said Hobart was midswarm season and he normally had a number of call-outs at this time of year, with West Hobart a particular hotspot.