Swarm – settled in weeds
This swarm settled in a patch of weeds in my building's garden area.
A neighbor witnessed a swirling mass of bees overhead a few minutes earlier,
and she called the remnants to my attention when I happened by on the way to my hives.
I took a closer look and spotted the swarm on the ground.
That's a streak of good luck!
When a healthy colony grows too big for its hive, it may decide to split itself.
About half of the bees depart along with their queen,
and they temporarily gather on a branch or similar while scouts search for a new home.
Before swarming, the bees gorge on the colony's honey and pollen stores to nourish
themselves for the expedition ahead.
A belly full of honey stimulates secretion of the wax scales needed to build comb in the new hive.
The bees that remain in the original hive raise a new queen and resume regularly-scheduled colonial life.