Dave Thomas of 905 S. 3rd St. in Knoxville wasn’t looking for a partridge in his pear tree while mowing his lawn on Monday. He got quite a surprise, though, when he was mowing under the tree and heard a buzzing sound. Dave looked up to see this swarm of bees attached to branch about six feet in the air. The swarm was about two feet long and 6-7 inches wide.
Dave called local beekeeper, Jerry Murphy, who planned to come over later in the afternoon after he got off work. Before he could get there, the bees had moved on. Jerry told Dave the bees were moving with their queen, trying to find a place to stay. Dave looked around the neighborhood to see if he could find the swarm, hoping to learn more about the phenomenon.
“This is nothing I’ve ever seen before,” Dave said, “and I’d like to know where they go from here.” He was planning to spend some time researching the topic to learn more about this once-in-a-lifetime experience.