Montgomeryshire Beekeepers Association

Do you have a swarm of honeybees?

Please take a photo and find a beekeeper near you on the
WBKA swarm collection map.
(Note: scroll down the page to find the map)

Use the example photos below to verify it is really honeybees.

Montgomery Beekeepers are often contacted about winged, flying creatures, especially in the spring and summer period.
The most common insects to cause this concern are honeybees, bumblebees and wasps.

Bumble bees
Bumble bees are often confused with honeybees. They are rounder, larger and furrier and come with a variety of coloured stripes across the end of their tails.
They often nest in bird boxes, under the decking, in the eaves or in the compost.
Leave them alone if possible.
Bumblebees are an important pollinator and rarely sting and are under threat of extinction.
They will disappear in the autumn.
Beekeepers will not collect/remove Bumblebees.
Solitary bees

Do you have lots of small bees popping in and out of the wall or very small holes in the ground?
Are they red/brown in colour?
These are Solitary Bees, they are harmless and as their name suggests live more or less alone.
They can live in bug hotels if you provide one in your garden.
Some can look like a very small, thin wasps.
Beekeepers will not collect/remove Solitary Bees.

Is it very smooth mainly yellow with black stripes?
Are they in the roof of your house?
Are they coming from a round paper nest?
Is there a nest in the shed, a shrub or in a hole in the ground?
Are they after all things sweet?
Then these are probably Wasps.
Contact your local council pest control.
Beekeepers will not collect/remove Wasps.

European Hornet

Are they very big with a loud buzz?
Are they black and brown with a hint of orange?
Living in the roof or shed?
Do they have a hinged body?
These are Hornets.
Contact your local council pest control.
Beekeepers will not collect/remove European Hornets.

Asian Hornet
Do they look black with yellow legs and one yellow/orange stripe on the body?
Please contact a member of Montgomeryshire beekeepers to discuss this insect.
They do sting.
We will not remove them, but will put up a monitoring trap to catch some and identify them.


Honeybees are small and vary in colour from golden brown to almost black.
If you suspect they have nested in the fabric of the building e.g unused chimney, behind a soffit board, then there is probably nothing we can do.
Contact us for advice.
If you have a swarm, then a swarm catcher will probably be able to recover it.
Please see our swarm section.

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