A swarm of bees formed on a garden fence just down the road from our house this weekend. The same thing happened a couple of years ago as well. There is a long tern hive in a concrete light post at almost the same spot, so I think this must be a group of bees striking out to make a new colony.
There were a large number of bees in the air around the swarm, but I was surprised at how many people managed to walk to almost level with the swarm before they notice! Once they noticed they normally fled in panic. I was stood there camera in hand - and I think most people thought I was crazy. The bees seemed more relaxed than most of the people.
You could see a number of the bees doing their figure of eight waggle dance on the surface of the swarm - which is the first time I've seen this happen.
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