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Jan 12, 2020 6:01 PM CST
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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bit of a swarm

honey bees

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Jan 12, 2020 6:41 PM CST
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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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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Jan 12, 2020 6:56 PM CST
Sweden
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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!
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Jan 12, 2020 7:19 PM CST
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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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!
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Jan 12, 2020 7:38 PM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Great banner, Dirt! Thumbs up

What are they swarming on?
Can we please see the whole pic? Smiling
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Jan 12, 2020 8:07 PM CST
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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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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Jan 12, 2020 8:13 PM CST
Name: Asa
Wasatch Front - Utah
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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.
This is fun: The thread "Asa's former lawn...or (better) Dirt's current gardens" in Garden Photos forum

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Jan 12, 2020 8:33 PM CST
Name: Ginny G
Central Iowa (Zone 5a)
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What an awesome banner Dirt Hurray! I've seen those swarms before. Amazing
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Jan 12, 2020 8:48 PM CST
Zone 5
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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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Jan 12, 2020 8:55 PM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
This banner is the bees knees!

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

We do love our bees!
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Jan 12, 2020 10:01 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Excellent banner Dirt!
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Jan 12, 2020 10:13 PM CST
Name: Frenchy
Falls Church, VA (Zone 7b)
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Amazing banner, Dirt! Great job. Green Grin!
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Jan 12, 2020 11:58 PM CST
Central Florida (Zone 9a)
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That is pretty awesome! I've experienced bees swarming when I was young. It's amazing!
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Jan 13, 2020 12:37 AM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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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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Jan 13, 2020 2:32 AM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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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Jan 13, 2020 2:42 AM CST
Name: Sue Taylor
Northumberland, UK
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Fantastic!
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Jan 13, 2020 5:55 AM CST
Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
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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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Jan 13, 2020 6:06 AM CST
Name: Stan
Florida Panhandle (Defuniak Sp (Zone 8b)
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Triple B, Beautiful Bee Banner, Dirt! Thumbs up Thumbs up
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Jan 13, 2020 6:08 AM CST
Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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Love, love, love this banner! Thumbs up Lovey dubby Thumbs up
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