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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.
bigD (May 15, 2007 at 12:02:13 PM):