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Posted July 01, 2004 at 08:27:44 AM by Bean

Last night, Stef and I were sitting on the back deck, enjoying the evening (here is what I was doing) when Steve walks around back and says "Dude, you have to see this shit.  You have to come up to my house."  When I asked for more details, he said something about a large mass of bees.  I grabbed my camera and tennis racket and hopped on my bike to go explore.

Holy fucking shit, I couldn't believe how many bees had gathered on the tree in his fron yard.  Click on this link to see some pictures I took of it.  Keep clicking on the pics to zoom in.  It was nasty.  There were layers and layers of them crawling on top of each other lettign out a strong, steady "buzz."  And the crazy thing was - there was no hive - just bees, bees, and more bees. 

So... what did I do next?  What any red-blooded, 27 year old, american man would do - I threw a rock at it and took off on my bike like a bat out of hell.  All of the bees fell down onto the ground and lower branches.  The "buzz" got louder, but there was no explosive swarm like I was expecting - just a small concentrated cloud.  I am gonna check it out again this evening to see if the mass reformed.  More news to follow.

Update 7-2-2004 : So it turns out they were swarming Honey Bees, looking for a new hive.  Now I feel bad about throwing rocks at them.  At any rate, they reformed within 24 hours.  Steve called a local beekeeper who was very happy to come and remove the swarm right away.  He dropped them into a bee box and let them settle in before capping it off and putting it in the back of his van and driving away.  It was pretty darn cool.

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