On the afternoon of Tuesday, July 11, social media was buzzing about bees.
“So I was sitting in my backyard minding my own business and I hear a loud humming noise,” posted Erika Willow. “Millions of bees were in my yard. Called the police and they called in a beekeper. What a crazy day off Charval Place!”
From an article on Wikipedia:
“Swarming is the process by which a new honey bee colony is formed when the queen bee leaves the colony with a large group of worker bees. In the prime swarm, about 60% of the worker bees leave the original hive location with the old queen. This swarm can contain thousands to tens of thousands of bees.
“Swarming is mainly a spring phenomenon, usually within a two- or three-week period depending on the locale, but occasional swarms can happen throughout the producing season.”
If you want more information on bee swarms, here’s a link to an article on Wikipedia.
Erika’s photographs are reprinted with permission.