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June 30, 2016

It’s possible that the worldwide bee crisis is beginning to abate. The New Jersey Beekeepers Association has been (bee) keeping a constant record of swarm activity across the state since 2013 and it shows a consistent rise in the total number. Swarming occurs when a queen bee leaves a honey bee colony with a group of worker bees to start a new colony. The most recent data shows 310 reported swarms averaging at medium size (from grapefruit to basketball) and low to the ground (less than 6 feet). Hunterdon County reported the most swarms (46 in June) followed by Morris County with 31, and Burlington with 28.

In June of 2015 there were 86 swarms reported; in June 2014 there were 131, and in 2013 there were 135 for the entire year.

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