It’s bee-swarming time.
And we have been on the lookout:
Ann thinks that one of the hives of bees
might be crowded in their current digs
and decide to swarm.

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In the meantime,
she was called earlier in the week
to capture a colony of bees
that had swarmed to a tree
in a backyard in Enid
where the children swing.

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First Swarm

Ann captured the swarm,
and drove the 40 miles home
chauffering approximately 20,000 bees
in the car with her.
She introduced them to their new home
and a couple of days later
noticed bees everywhere on the patio;
evidently that swarm didn’t like their new home
and swarmed again—
location, unknown.
Today, Ann received another call from Enid
about another swarm
in someone’s backyard.

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After consulting with her beekeeping mentor,
she made some additions to the hive
to help them like their new home.

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We hope they stay.
We like the bees,
their honey,
their pollinating.