Honey Bee Swarm on a Boat

Honey Bee Swarm on a Boat

honey bee swarm on a boat

Honey bees we rescued from a boat in Gloucester.

It’s honey bee swarm season here in Massachusetts! Every year Beverly Bees rescues wayward bee swarms and relocates them to one of our honey bee yards where they can be cared for by a beekeeper. If you are in eastern, MA and have a honey bee swarm please call us at 978-778-8276.

It has been a great year for swarming and we have had a number of swarm calls this year, but this one has been the most interesting by far. These girls decided to leave the safe refuge of their hive and take up temporary residence on a boat in a marina.  I think they were hoping to hitch a ride to some nice island somewhere and get away from the hustle and bustle of mainland, Massachusetts.

Thankfully we were called in to save them and my husband, Brian was the lucky one who got to capture these bees!  He brought a nuc box with a frame of honey and used it to entice the honey bees to stop their boating ways and get back to being bees!


A deafening roar of delight emanated from the bees when Brian pulled out the frame of honey and placed it in the middle of the swarm. These lost girls were glad to see something familiar.  He then placed the frame inside the nuc and placed the nuc on the boat and watched as the bees marched right in!


Brian recorded a video on his cell phone so you can see too. These were very happy bees indeed thanks to the people who called us to save them!

If you find a honey bee swarm please call a beekeeper to save and relocate them. If you are in eastern, MA please call us at 978-778-8276. Visit our Bee Removal Page here to learn more.

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Anita Deeley is a biologist and former state bee inspector who maintains 100 honey bee hives. She is the beekeeper, writer, owner and creator of BeverlyBees.com. When she is not spending time with her girls (the bees), she enjoys being a wife to her beekeeping cohort, Brian and mother to 3 little boys (the beekeepers in training). Read more about Anita here >> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Connect with Anita on Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ or Facebook here.


  1. So cool watching them march right in like that! All it took was some frames of honey in the nuc box? Did you uncap them first?

  2. Beverly: great swarm pictures, thanks for sharing .
    Been a very crazy spring – mid summer swarm seasion hear in Tulsa ok.
    I’ve had more extractions this year from homes with rock or brick exterior. Rescuing the queen with all the nurse bees inside the exterior wall is very expensive for the home owner .
    Removing them would require all the rock or brick to be torn off that section of the outside wall.
    I am able to use my bee vac for the worker bees , but the queen- nurse bees and all the honey comb has to be sealed inside the wall cavity. What a sad ending to all the bees left inside the wall.
    If there are any ideas on ways to Incourage the queen to abandon the bee cavity , please share your ideas or thoughts.
    I’ve even tried to talk the home owner into leaving the bees alone if possible. Normally that’s not a option.
    Thanks all and may your beekeeping be blessed.

    • We remove the brick so we can get all the comb, honey and bees out for the homeowner and prevent problems with bees and or/other pests in the future.

    • I did that also and caught only the foraging bees in a house where the owner would not allow me to remove them.I later went back to the site and the bees are still there working away!Apparently the queen and hose bees had eggs and they all have survived.I plan on doing a trap out this spring to get them out of the house.
      I have heard that eventually all bees ail come out and if you leave the hive box there for a good while the bees will establish a home in it and later rob out the stores they had before the trap out. I am going to try that method this spring!

  3. Interesting scenery for swarm retrieval. Know anyone around there that would let you put a trap up….. 🙂