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Name: Dirt
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dirtdorphins
Jan 12, 2020 6:01 PM CST
bit of a swarm

honey bees

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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
Jan 12, 2020 6:41 PM CST
This banner is going to give me nightmares! i can tolerate bees collecting pollen in my garden but a swarm is terrifying!
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William
Jan 12, 2020 6:56 PM CST
I had a swarm visit the garden once. Certainly demands some respect, but I thought it was kind of cool too! Love the banner, Dirt!
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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dirtdorphins
Jan 12, 2020 7:19 PM CST
They are actually very peaceful and single-minded in a swarm--Asa stood in the middle of the vortex of them in awe and none of them paid any attention to him. They were pretty cooperative getting collected up too Thumbs up

Sorry Karen, please don't fret too much about it.

Thanks William!
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Jan 12, 2020 7:38 PM CST
Great banner, Dirt! Thumbs up

What are they swarming on?
Can we please see the whole pic? Smiling

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Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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dirtdorphins
Jan 12, 2020 8:07 PM CST
They settled on our cherry tree.
I don't know which pic I made the banner from but here's one that almost shows the full scope of the thing
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Name: Asa

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evermorelawnless
Jan 12, 2020 8:13 PM CST
Was one of the neatest things I've ever experienced. I called our beekeeper, and she asked me to keep an eye and see where they lit and congregated...ultimately. She said they were not aggressive while swarming. So I watched...and stood in the middle of the swarm as it moved from east to west. The sound and feeling of it - just amazing! Almost religious. And they weren't interested me in the least. They landed on my shirt and in my hair and in my beard now and then - but kept going with the swarm. Took 20-30 mins to move maybe 100 feet. Imagine standing in the middle of a pillar of bees maybe 15 feet in diameter going up 20-30 feet high. Hard to describe. Such life - pure life. In awe.
Name: Ginny G
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Legalily
Jan 12, 2020 8:33 PM CST
What an awesome banner Dirt Hurray! I've seen those swarms before. Amazing
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Fleur569
Jan 12, 2020 8:48 PM CST
The banner and the stories takes my breath away. I think I'd rather see it in photos than be physically part of the experience. Amazingly interesting.
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flaflwrgrl
Jan 12, 2020 8:55 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
This banner is the bees knees!

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Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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dirtdorphins
Jan 12, 2020 9:05 PM CST
Hilarious!
Thank You!

We do love our bees!
Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Jan 12, 2020 10:01 PM CST
Excellent banner Dirt!
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Frenchy21
Jan 12, 2020 10:13 PM CST
Amazing banner, Dirt! Great job. Green Grin!
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slowcala
Jan 12, 2020 11:58 PM CST
That is pretty awesome! I've experienced bees swarming when I was young. It's amazing!
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Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Jan 13, 2020 12:37 AM CST
Dirt and Asa ~ It sounds like a very magical experience. Thank you for sharing your photos and the story to go along with it! Thank You!
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Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Jan 13, 2020 2:32 AM CST
Thanks for sharing your pics & experiences, Dirt & Asa.....just realized you're a couple. Big Grin
Sounds like you're having fun. Thumbs up

We're going camping in the desert tomorrow, and the first thing we do when we get there
is to put out a waterer for the bees. It's amazing how many bees are in the desert!
They swarm around me as I add more water, but have never been stung (yet Crossing Fingers! )

Being in the middle of a giant swarm like Asa would certainly be an incredible life experience! Thumbs up
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kniphofia
Jan 13, 2020 2:42 AM CST
Fantastic!
Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
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TBGDN
Jan 13, 2020 5:55 AM CST
What an awe-inspiring experience! I am happy just to see bees foraging in the gardens. But to see an entire swarm is breath taking! It is said a picture is worth a thousand words; this one is worth much more! Thanks for sharing. Hurray!
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Name: Stan
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GaNinFl
Jan 13, 2020 6:06 AM CST
Triple B, Beautiful Bee Banner, Dirt! Thumbs up Thumbs up
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pod
Jan 13, 2020 6:08 AM CST
Love, love, love this banner! Thumbs up Lovey dubby Thumbs up
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