Josh's parents are blessed to live on eight acres of country. Included in this "blessing" has been skunks under the house, chickens on the porch, cowpies in the lawn and now a large swarm of bees in the front oak. I must admit I am not the first one to rush towards a beehive, (as you can tell from the video commentary) but this was pretty amazing.
The swarm came today...very quickly. Josh spotted it at lunch time. A bee collector was summoned and he was very willing to share the complexities of these little critters. These bees were in search of a permanent place to build a hive. They "scout" places and dance to their level of excitement for their spot...drawing more bees. When there are enough bees, a quorum is formed and their hive location is established. That is the stage they were in.
Mr. Bee Man was, as you can tell, open to sharing the design in bees. He uses the attention he draws from his job to point out complexities which point to incredible design.
If you can believe it, there is nothing holding them up but each other. The branch from which they hang is small. That is one dense ball of bees.
The bees returning from the field. Mr. Bee Man will be back on Monday to collect the rest. He informed us that he will be dressed in his bee suit this time as the bees are likely to be grumpy.