Many beekeepers have a saying:
"A swarm in May is worth a load of hay,
A swarm in June is worth a silver spoon,
a swarm in July isn't worth a fly!"
Both a load of hay and a silver spoon are pretty valuable, but what is a swarm? A SWARM is when the honeybee hive gets too crowded- there are too many bees and not enough space! So the queen leaves the hives with some of the worker bees to go look for a new home.
After eating up tons of honey in the hive so they have energy to fly away, they will quickly land in a tree, bush, or other somewhat sheltered location. There have even been swarms land in the engines of airplanes! While they're waiting, scout bees go out looking for a more permanent location. Hollow trees and logs are perfect places for honeybee homes-- but those are hard to find!
Many beekeepers will come collect swarms in their area, so if you see a swarm, you or your parents can call a beekeeper and see them put the honeybees into a warm, dry, beehive. Some of the beekeeping organizations are listed here.
Maybe there will be more swarms this June! I hear they're worth a silver spoon...
"Bee in the Know":Honeybees are extremely gentle when they swarm because they have eaten so much honey!