Photos: Take a closer look at the bees
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Some City of Syracuse residents were buzzing on Monday about a swarm that descended on the corner of North State Street and Erie Boulevard.
Passersby on the heavily trafficked street were taken aback as what appeared to be thousands of the bugs overran an electrical box in Downtown Syracuse.
"He said when he came down there were thousands and thousands - swarmed out here into the intersection,” said Tony Mose. "I think it's great, one of nature’s wonderful beauties.”
Daniel Bennett saw the swarm hovering around the electrical box on Monday morning and returned in the afternoon to take pictures.
"Just curious to see where the swarm was…seem to be making a nest here,” Bennett said.
Beekeepers say swarming is part of the reproduction process. The queen bee could be laying a couple of thousand eggs per day.
Swarming is also a sign that the colony may be looking for a new home for the hive. A typical swarm could have 10 to 20,000 bees.
Honey bees are not typically aggressive as long as passersby keep their distance.