Freak Swarm of Bees Blocks Traffic in Springfield

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Whatchoo doin', crazy bees?
And so it came to pass....A giant swarm of bees converged on a Springfield curb Thursday before the evening rush hour, causing one section of road to be shut down, according to the Springfield Police Department.

"It was a large, large swarm; there were several thousand of them," Matt Brown, a police spokesman, reported in a phone call with Daily RFT. (He didn't witness it directly, but heard reports.)

"It was really bizarre" Brown said. "I've never seen anything like that before here in Springfield."

Authorities also found it puzzling that the bees weren't attacking anyone. Africanized honey bees have been known to swarm and even attack when disturbed by loud vibrations from construction, for example. But, Brown said, there were no loud noises in the area, and nobody was injured.

According to the News-Leader, a beekeeper had to come and remove the swarm's queen bee.

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Jeff Grant
Jeff Grant

It is very normal for bees to swarm this time of year.  If you see a swarm in a tree, call a beekeeper there are plenty in the area.  We will come out and take care of the swarm.  Do not try to make them leave or run them off.  Your efforts will not likely work and tend to only upset them.  Call the beekeepers, swarms are generally caught for free.  Established hives in a building are usually charged for on a case by case basis.  


There is nothing "freak" about a swarm of bees this time of year. Normal, European honeybees (as well as the much-dramatized Africanized variety) "swarm" as a form of procreation. In the spring, the Queen begins laying many eggs, and soon the hive gets a little crowded (like The Hill), and pretty soon she decides to leave and take half the population with her (to, say, Chesterfield). Before they go, they drink as much honey as possible to sustain them during their long flight, which (like cheap Chianti) makes them a little woozy and fairly docile (not a Snookie in the bunch). Even the most giant spring swarm of bees is surprisingly tame--you can even reach right in with a bare hand without getting stung. If you've ever seen a "bee beard" on National Geographic or at a carnival, its a "forced swarm" where a beekeeper straps a queen in a little wooden box to his chin--and the honey-drunk worker bees swarm onto the beekeepers face without stinging because they're attracted to the queen.

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