As a beekeeper, it is my business to know all about honeybees. I created this page for some very general information about honeybees, but if you have any question feel free to reach out to me.
An average colony of honeybees will always consist of 1 queen, numerous male drones, and between 10,000- 70,000 honeybees. There are Italian honeybees, Russian honeybees and of course the infamous African honeybees (killer bees). The most prevalent in our immediate area in Louisiana are the Italian honeybees.
The queen of the hive can lay up to 2,000 eggs per day during the Spring and Summer months! During this time the hive population dramatically increases.
A few times per year once the colony reaches population capacity with the large amount of eggs being constantly laid, the bees will make a new queen. Once hatched, that queen in turn will take thousands of worker bees and some drones outside of the hive to find a new home. This activity is known as swarming. Those thousands of honeybees can land anywhere from a branch very high in a tree to the front of your car or even your mailbox!! They may land several times at different places in order to rest before they reach their final destination at their new home.
Again, if you have any questions about honeybees or any of our beekeeping services, please feel free to contact us.