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    A large group of bees swarmed by me today while doing a landscaping job. We did not disturb them but they came from the direction of a wooded area, not sure what actual direction they were heading.Started to run for the truck but they were not stinging. A few ran into me but nothing else. It lasted twenty seconds or so. I live in southern MS. I am unfamiliar with honey bee migration where were they headed?


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    Bees (or maybe it was yellowjackets it can be hard to tell), will swarm like that if their nest is damaged and they need to construct a new one. How bees decide what's the best place to live is a mystery to me, maybe someone else knows.


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    Wherever is most inconvenient for humans
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    Some bees migrate during winter and return to their previous habitate or higher altitudes as those places warm up.

    Or maybe someone alerted them to a nearby invaders

    I would say that they were heading as north as they possibly could :wink:
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    I don't see why they would leave I didn't know they were migratory in this area. That is only based on the fact that I see local beekeepers whose bees stay year round. And of course, the wild is likely very different. If I remember my bearing correctly I believe they were heading in a East- West fashion. I am going to go back to the area with my compass in the morning to check. Does anyone know about honey bee habits around southern ms? Do they generally stay or go? what about CCD?
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    What bee species was it?
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    European honey bees, and they were headed north
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    im nearly sure in honey bees that when a new queen is about to emerge and challenge the current queen, that the current queen will leave the nest and take a good portion of worker bees with her in search of a new hive site, not sure how common of an occurance it is though.

    I no its a certain species of bee this happens in and i heard of it happening to bee keeper's hives so i would imagine it would be the european honey bee.

    This would help the species colonise and diversify, were they were going would be anyones guess. It would be an advantage to them to split their colonies if their numbers grew too high, probably would help their survival, they havent been around for 100million years by accident.
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    a successful species undoubtedly, however, the word is they are declining. except from the swarm, I have not seen a single honey bee this year. hopefully more will show up as we continue into the warm months
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