Wild Honeybees

As honeybees are not native to north america, honeybees living in the wild are descendants of bees that escaped from kept hives, they are called feral.

Wild Honeybees

Wild honeybees, or technically in the US feral honeybees, are simply honeybees that are living in an unmanned colony.

Why they are important
Wild bees are surviving even with disease and pest pressures that are taking a high toll on conventionally managed bee hives. However, there are only a handful of places where they have actually been documented and tracked. To really understand how they survive and if they can help the beekeeping industry, we need to know where they…

Find Colonies

Feral honeybee colonies can be hard to find. Bees prefer hollow trees or hollow spaces in structures that have small openings, and are well hidden from the outside. By simply examining trees as you walk by, you are unlikely to find a hive.

Beelining is a method of tracking bees back to their hive, or at least the area it is in. It is fairly easy to do, and doesn't require expensive specialized equipment. The only specialized thing that you are likely to need to acquire to get started is a bee box. And bee boxes can be made or purchased for only a few dollars.