Honey Bees, San Diego, California, USA by Cindy Croissant

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On Friday, November 20, I looked outside and noticed a swarm of bees flying around our backyard. My husband and I watched as they flew around and eventually, they all ended up in the little tool shed next to our house. The next morning it was obvious they were still there, so we called a Live Bee Removal Specialist. After describing the situation to him, he told me to lift the tool shed lid and if they had just moved in yesterday, they would not have established the hive yet, so they wouldn't be defending their new home. Lifting the lid and exposing thousands of bees did not sound like something I wanted to do, so he was kind enough to stop by our house and lift the lid for me. He showed up (in a t-shirt and shorts - no bee gear) and went over to the shed, lifted the lid, and spent a few minutes propping the lid up so it would stay. He received no bee stings and told me they would probably leave now that their home was not so inviting, but if they stayed, I could let him know and he would remove them once the hive had been established. He left and after seeing the bees remain calm when he lifted the lid, my desire to photograph everything "nature" got the best of me and I ended up getting within about 18 inches of the bees to get this photograph. About 4-5 hours later they all flew off. It was a happy ending for everyone!

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