was a swarm of honeybees! Did they cause a stir? You bet. It was on our library's property, so guess who has to figure out what to do? You got it.
It wasn't so hard, either. First call was to my husband, who'd just started a new hive at home on Monday. He could just come down and hive it! But he wasn't answering the phone.
Second call was to a beekeeping friend. No luck there either. Third call to the Extension Service, who promised to find someone. Thirty minutes later, still no help on the way, but the Extension guy gave me the number for the Ag Dept. Called them, got two possible numbers and got lucky on the second call.
Why were they here? Apparently a hive somewhere not too far away had built a new queen cell, which had hatched. The bees liked their new lady and left with her to find a new home. They chose the tree by the library. Not a great place unless you're an urban bee.
That's the quick explanation. Beekeepers reading this, can you offer more information? It was quite a sight, and made for a very buzzy day at work.