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swarm

1. a group of social insects, esp bees led by a queen, that has left the parent hive in order to start a new colony
2. a large mass of small animals, esp insects
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The annual swarming occurs anytime from between June to September, coinciding with the hot weather.
The eyewitness said that he wasn't stung while taking snaps of the thousands of swarming insects.
A similar-sized swarm was rescued by Brian last week Brian said he'd lost count of the number of swarms he's been called out to so far this year, with the swarming process typically starting in April, running through to July.
"The moment when I took the video it looked like thousands of bees were swarming all over the back garden, I wanted to go out to look at what was actually happening but it was too scary."
Swarming behavior is a remarkable feature of development of P mirabilis catheter related infection.
THOUSANDS of honey bees caused havoc after swarming a tree yards from the entrance of a Handsworth school.
"Swarming is part of the productive process whereby they produce a new colony after the queen flies away from an existing hive followed by worker bees.
For many years, military scientists have contemplated the advent of swarming tactics as an evolution within maneuver warfare, and futurists have contemplated the execution of the tactics by cooperative teams of semi-autonomous drones.
The old queen is then encouraged and cajoled by her thousands of daughters to fly off to find pastures new, with up to half of the colony swarming with her.
* Humans tend to prefer not to have them in close proximity and make efforts, often using counterproductive means, to rid the area of nesting or swarming bees.
Each APKWS rocket heads for a different boat, in essence swarming the swarm with tiny lethal munitions.