Wednesday, April 19, 2006

 

Bees

I was lucky enough to see a swarm of bees (am I the only one who thinks of U2 when they hear that?) at work the other day.





Apparently this is a fairly common occurrence around here this time of year. For some reason (the hive is too large, the current queen is getting old) a new queen is hatched, and when she flies off some of the drones follow her. The bees aren't usually aggressive when they're swarming, and these certainly weren't since I was able to get quite close to them without any trouble.

I could see the old hive in a tree above the swarm. At some point in the past a large branch had broken off the tree, and the bees built their hive in the resulting hole.

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