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Honeybee tornado: Swarming time

Uploaded by: walcek

Sunday June 9, 2013

Latham, NY (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: We heard this incredible BUZZing sound, almost engine-like, and upon investigation noticed this swirling tornado of honeybees swarming. There should be a queen among the specks on this picture, and this is how new hives are formed as a lone queen flies off with 1000s of workers to find a new home

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3. Clabo
5:05 AM GMT on June 11, 2013
Still, I don't think I'd "tempt" them.

I'm like sugar to mosquitoes, so it wouldn't surprise me if bees just naturally would "take" to me as well. :D
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2. walcek
2:44 PM GMT on June 10, 2013
This is a pretty high-zoom shot. They were swarming from treetop to treetop in my yard. Also, according to wikipedia ("swarming"), bees usually don't sting during their swarming around a new queen. Only if the colony or hive is threatened to they swarm to sting. I think if I started swinging a tennis racket at the cloud, maybe then they'd turn on me.
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1. Clabo
4:23 AM GMT on June 10, 2013
Whoa!! Eerie!

I like bees fine, but *individually*! If I saw a swarm coming near me like this, I'd be *seriously* creeped out. :D

Especially if you're not sure if they're those African-American bees that'll sting ya dead with the slightest provocation.
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walcek

Photography has always been a hobby since I saved up babysitting and lawn-mowing earnings for my first SLR back in the 70s as a young kid. I like the random, beautiful things that most overlook in today's hectic pace.

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