Bees usually swarm when a group of them leave their old hive and seek to establish a new one. This usually happens in the late Spring/early Summer after they've increased their population by a significant amount. Beekeepers can take advantage of this time to establish new hives in their bee-houses. In general, the best time to do this is in May or June. It's usually not worthwhile for a beekeeper to establish a new hive in July. Hence the rhyme below...

A Swarm of Bees in May - English Children's Songs - England - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


This rhyme and illustration can be found in The Real Mother Goose (1916), illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright.



Recited by Jason Pomerantz.