Friday, April 8, 2011

Freak Swarm of Bees Blocks Traffic in Springfield

Posted By on Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 10:46 AM

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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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