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  1. #1
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    Default Groups of Swarms

    I was told by a lady that 80 years ago swarms would travel together in groups, and that you would see 10 swarms altogether in Tennessee. She remembered parents having to keep their kids inside when the swarms would travel through together. (Does anyone else remember this, or was she pulling my leg?)

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    Default Re: Groups of Swarms

    Never heard of it but wouldn't a freight train of swarms to be a thing to see?!
    “The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” -George Bernard Shaw

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    Default Re: Groups of Swarms

    Sounds like you met my mother. She tells some real woppers.
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    Default Re: Groups of Swarms

    reidflys,
    Yes, from a laymen point of view, her interpretation
    of swarms traveling together is explainable.

    In those days feral bee colonies were very numerous
    circa 1909 ; "In removing the timber from three
    acres of land the owner found nine bee trees with
    bees and honey."

    Imagine now 640 acres per square mile how many
    feral colonies could be throwing swarms on a nice
    day, particularly after a period of rainy days.
    It could seem to a laymen that bees are swarming
    and traveling together, as they would be everywhere.

    -Joe
    https://www.facebook.com/Historical.Honeybee.Articles/

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    Default Re: Groups of Swarms

    Your history of beekeeping page is amazing. My birthday is tax day, I loved the bees and taxes part!! It's hard to think that bees may have behaved differently in the past. And not just the German Black Bee angle. Saint Modomnoc's bees followed him onto a boat, and there's a few writings of that happening. My bees look in my windows, but they don't follow me!!

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