Speechless Sundays--BEES!

Real Estate Agent with Fonville Morisey, a Long and Foster Company

Imagine our surprise when one day out of the blue THIS appeared on our cherry tree in our front yard:

Yep, you're seein' it right...that's a big ole blob of bees.  They're not crawling ON something--there's no nest there, oh, no!  Those are bees all the way through, a big football-sized wad of honeybees.  Needless to say, we didn't get TOO close!  Still, it was one of the coolest things I've seen in awhile (almost as cool as seeing a real live tarantula patientily crossing the road out in New Mexico one time...wish I still had that picture!!)

My S.O. calls up a local beekeeper to come get these babies because bees are in short supply and we need them around here, so killing them was out of the question.  We had a chuckle when it was the apprentice beekeeper who showed up (I think he was the grandson of the main guy) who had never done this before.  But he got dressed in his getup and mask and was able to shuffle them into a box.  He was after the queen, because the bees will go wherever the queen goes.  He told us we'd know if he didn't get her because the blob would basically reappear (there were still a few buzzing around that weren't attached to the main tangle).  But they never did reappear and eventually the leftovers buzzed off elsewhere so he was successful in capturing the queen (checkmate!)

Comments (8)

John M. Scott
BRE # 01442690, Scott Keys Properties - San Francisco, CA
Broker / Owner San Francisco Bay Area

Susan, never ever heard of such a thing! Very brave apprentice beekeeper! And with all the news about bees dying, You did a very good deed.

May 29, 2011 12:19 PM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Susan, this is a "stinging example" of what can happen when your back yard has such sweet things in it as cherry trees.  And... I just LOVE cherries. 

I see you also included this post in the group BananaTude.  Too bad there isn't a group called CherryTude !  <smile>

May 29, 2011 12:20 PM
Susan Laxson CRS
Premiere Plus Realty - Naples, FL
Realtor in Naples & Marco Island, FL

Susan - now that must have been a surprise!  I agree with John - a good deed to save them! 

May 29, 2011 12:21 PM
Krystal Knott
Christie's International Real Estate - Summit Colorado - Breckenridge, CO
Breckenridge CO Real Estate & All Summit County CO

Susan, that is just amazing.  Had you not said it wasn't a beehive I would have never known that many bees will come together to form such a large swarm.  Wow!  --Krystal

May 29, 2011 12:38 PM
Liz Lockhart
Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO - Cape Girardeau, MO
GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate

Susan~ I'm so glad you had a camera ready, AND that you found a beekeeper who found an assistant to help you out!

May 29, 2011 03:29 PM
Susan Brown
Fonville Morisey, a Long and Foster Company - Cary, NC
REALTOR - Cary NC Homes for Sale

John--I hadn't, either, which is why it was such a STRANGE thing that they all congregated on OUR tree!

Karen--LOL, I didn't even think of that when I posted in BananaTude!

Susan--Thanks!  No reason to harm them, and I think he was happy to have them!

Krystal--I know...I was convinced it was a nest, too!

Liz--Couldn't pass up the opportunity to take a pic of that!  One of those things you don't see very often!


May 29, 2011 04:33 PM
Diane McDermott
RealtorĀ®, GRI, Landis e2 Real Estate, LLC - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte NC Real Estate Market

Susan, that's a really unusual experience!  I've never seen anything like it - your yard must have had quite a buzz while your visitors were there :)

May 30, 2011 06:47 AM
Susan Brown
Fonville Morisey, a Long and Foster Company - Cary, NC
REALTOR - Cary NC Homes for Sale

Diane--LOL!  There was quite a buzz between them and us!!

May 30, 2011 02:45 PM