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Bees or wasps?

Can anyone tell me if these are bees or wasps.?  They have been gathering on a field gate post and at this stage we’re not sure what we can do. We have cattle which use this field so they need to be moved but we need to know what they are so that we can get hold of the right people. Thank you for your helpif these are


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  • Barn FieldBarn Field Posts: 47
    Thank you
  • Green MagpieGreen Magpie Posts: 806
    They will be on their way to a new home, yet to be found. Swarming bees are not aggressive, they're on a mission and will have filled their tummies before setting out, so they're feeling full and contented. Tomorrow they'll probably set off for the new home, once their scout bees have found one ( a barn or roof). It's quite a sight when they all take to the air, but don't be alarmed, they're not looking for trouble.

    But yes, many beekeepers would be glad to come and collect the swarm if it stays around long enough.
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 17,116
    Have you found your local bee-keepers assoc, yet (re the above message)? Good luck to the bees.
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,531
    edited June 2018
    "A swarm in May is worth a load of hay,
    A swarm in June is worth a silver spoon, 
    A swarm in July is not worth a fly."

    According to "Lark Rise to Candleford".
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