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June 30, 2016 | Number of The Day
Number of bee swarms in New Jersey thus far this year

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.