Bee swarm sea­son has city buzzing

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - JES­SICA HOWARD

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.

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