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These bees are not in a swarm, but even in the nest they communicate with each other using "waggles" and other cues. About halfway through the video, you'll notice one bee "cleaning' her mouthparts. She is probably regurgitating samples of some great food source she is guiding her sister foragers to.

Those were all great answers! But here's the answer we think is best:

In the spring, when there is lots of nectar, the bees overpopulate their nests. The old queen takes off with the oldest and youngest bees, and make a swarm while scouts go off in search of a new home. The swarm will stay where it is for only a day or two, and as soon as a new home is found they will begin a new colony.

So the swarm "body" is made of a bunch of worker bees surrounding and protecting the queen. Since they don't have a home to protect and since they all get a belly full o' honey before they leave the old colony, they are not very defensive and are very unlikely to sting. So if you see a bee swarm, remain calm, be very respectful, and you can get a good look at bee beehavior! You can even see the scouts on the surface of the swarm doing the bee "dance" telling the others the location of their new home!

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Here are the answers to some interesting questions we have addressed
over the years.

Stay tuned for new BUG Trivia Activities!

- Stings and Other Hurting Things
Which hurts more, honeybee or bumblebee?
    - Why do Honeybees make swarms?
    - Which insect kills the most people?
    - Why does a mosquito bite?
    - What is the difference between flies and wasps?
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Why do Honeybees make swarms?

Visitors voted and commented!
(Click here for our answer!)

Ben from Charleston WV (Kanawha City Elementary), age 10, said: "To protect themselves from predators."

TB said: "They make swarms to protect the queen bee and the offspring."

Cody, from Sandpoint ID (Sandpoint Junior Academy), age 14, said: "So the drones can get enough food and take care of the queen."

Good try, Cody, but actually all the drones do is mate with the queens. Usually, they mate with queens from other colonies. But the workers in the colony (who are all female - drones are males) take care of the drones and the drones do virtually no work! Of course, at the first sign of trouble, like limited food resources, the drones are the first to get kicked out of the nest! Nature always seems so unfair to the boys!

Seth, age 17, from St. George, UT (Pine View High School), said: "To protect their hive."

But the closest answer was from:

Serendipity Class, from the Earth School in New York, NY, age 11: "Part of a beehive gets together to leave the hive with the old queen to make room for the new queen and her family."

Nice job Serendipity Class!

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