OH MAN so yesterday while i was with the AFS girls, we were hanging out on these weird plastic bench thingies in a public square downtown, and we heard a buzzing noise
so we looked up and there was this MASSIVE CLOUD OF BUGS flying towards us, like easily hundreds of thousands of insects
and i couldn’t tell what they were at first but as they closed in around us i realized they were honeybees, which was both terrifying and awesome
i figure they were probably swarming— it’s early spring, after all, which is a good time for swarming. honeybees swarm when they make a new queen, and one of the queens leaves the hive with about half the worker bees. the leaving party’s goal is to find a new place to make a hive, which i suspect is what these bees were doing.
i wasn’t super concerned about it (although it is pretty nerve-wracking being in a cloud of bees), since swarming bees aren’t aggressive unless you antagonize them— with no hive to defend, there’s no reason to sting. they’re just looking, as we all do, for a new home. i hope they found one.
honeybees are super super interesting animals, and they’re as important as they are interesting! if you want to learn more about honeybees and read sweet comics at the same time, you should acquire the book “clan apis” by jay hosler. it’s one of the books that made me REALLY get into both science and comic books. go buy it yeah!!
maybe i can just… catch up on math stuff by proxy
célestine is going over her physics homework with her mom and i’m kind of listening in
and it’s all math and finding speeds and stuff and i’m like, about to break out in hives
HISSES AND BACKS AWAY