27 May
2014
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Our Morning With a Bee Swarm

bee swarm

I was making breakfast and heard our third grader yell from our front room, “There’s a giant nest in our tree.”

I dismissed the comment. Each morning there’s talk about some nest in some tree in our yard. Not until two boys came running into the kitchen proclaiming the “nest” was moving did I pay attention. My husband went to check out the moving nest and found thousands of bees crawling over each other in our ash tree. We had our very own bee swarm. That was definitely not on my bucket list.

bee swarm

The frenzied yelling about thousands of bees drew me to our front window. Sure enough, one large branch was crawling with buzzing bees. The sight was terrifying and mesmerizing but mostly terrifying. Craig and I bravely underwent a reconnaissance mission outside to see what was happening. There wasn’t a hive. Literally the branch was a moving mass of busy bees. My reaction was to call someone, ANYONE, to remove our swarm. The Yellowpages had no listing for any sort of bee swarm removal services.

bee swarm

The next step was research. Bees are fascinating, yet I wasn’t alright with thousands of them living within feet of my front door or sidewalk. The kids were glued to the front window while I researched bee swarms. The I heard it…buzzing followed by, “Mooooommm!”

bee swarm

Our swarm was evacuating our tree in impressive fashion. Within seconds, thousands of bees were off the branch forming a bee cloud in front of our house. We watched spellbound as they moved as a unit away from our tree, house and street. I had no idea how nervous I was until they were gone. As cool as the spectacle was, I am beyond ecstatic to say I no longer own a bee swarm.

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