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How Many Bees in a Hive

A hive can contain up to 70,000 bees in midsummer. There will be 1 queen, 250 drones, 20,000 female foragers, 30,000 female house-bees, 5,000 to 7,000 eggs, 7,000-11,000 larvae being fed, 16,000 to 24,000 larvae developing into adults in sealed cells.

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Swarms (Public Contacts)

You have a Honeybee Swarm who are you going to call?

J Kemper
Josef removes a swarm from Bargery road SE6

Please use the BBKA Website for local swarm collectors.

The general public should contact our volunteer swarm collectors on the list. You will be asked to supply the exact location of the swarm. Most beekeepers would make a charge for removal of a swarm from your garden depending on travelling distances to cover costs of petrol etc (details of individual charges are beyond the scope of this web page).

Note: Swarm coordinators are often inundated with calls about Bumble Bees but there is nothing a beekeeper can do. It's well worth reading our FAQs and our latest article Tree Bumble Explosion for help and advice.

Related pages: Swarm Collectors and FAQs