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Honey Bee Swarms

Finding a swarm of bees in your yard can be a bit unsettling. We are here to help. The first step is to identify what kind of bees you are seeing. Here is a listing of the bees most commonly seen in our area. 

Bee Identification

Honey bee

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The friendly bee we see throughout the spring and summer foraging on all types of flowers and weeds. Notice the banding on the abdomen which can vary in shade from orange to grey

Bumble bee

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Bumble bees come in many color combinations, this one is black, yellow and orange. Also common are black ones with yellow markings. Larger than a Honey bee and furry looking, docile behavior

Yellowjacket

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This is the common Yellowjacket which is prolific in the Pacific NW. While being a beneficial insect it voraciously attacks Honey bee colonies and is a nuisance for people. Usually ground-nesting but can make papery-grey nests in bushes and trees. Highest numbers seen in late summer

Wasp

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Longer than a Yellowjacket and has a very narrow midsection. Seen in the same areas as Honey bees and Yellowjackets but generally not aggressive unless nest site disturbed

Mason bee

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Looks like a fly combined with a Honey bee. Solitary dwellers, wonderful native pollinators and non-aggressive

Bald faced hornet

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Similar to a Yellowjacket but larger with white markings on its face and abdomen. Builds large papery-grey nests in bushes, shrubbery and trees which they will defend vigorously.

Honey bee swarm images

Close-up of swarm cluster

Mass of bees from swarm

Swarm on High-rise building

Swarm on high rise building in downtown portland

Swarm on ground

Honey bee swarm on the ground

Swarm on branch

Swarm on tree branch

Swarm on side of building

Swarm on side of building

Swarm on branch

Swarm on tree branch

We provide free honey bee swarm capture and removal

If you have identified a swarm of honey bees, give us a call to arrange for free capture and removal. We will ask you a few questions to establish the best way to proceed.  All bees are safely captured and removed from your property, no bees are killed. The captured bees are placed into hives in our existing bee-yards throughout West Portland’s farm country and used for honey production and crop pollination. We especially like to capture wild swarms because we feel they add valuable genetic diversity to our existing bee stocks. Thank you.