When I showed up to help this frantic English woman in Encinitas, CA, part of the swarm had landed on a bush and the rest were still flying around the backyard. I thought it looked strange and figured the queen must not be on the bush. Sure enough, a small pile of bees were on the ground in the normal tight formation, so I dug up the queen out of the grass and a worker had locked down on the queen's wing.

Ever seen this behavior? I know I haven't.

My theory is that they wanted her to stop flying and latched on!


While I was caging the queen, the swarm decided my leg would be a good spot to land.