Today In Pictures: Bees swarm downtown tree

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Phillip Raines

Phillip Raines, of Raines Honey Farm in Davis, Ill., captures approximately 20,000 bees from a maple tree outside City Hall Thursday, June 5. The bees formed a cluster in the tree after leaving a natural hive on the Superior Block building in search of a new nesting place. Raines said it is common during spring for thousands of drones, workers and scout bees to follow queens, who leave their eggs in existing hives to start new colonies.

Raines removed the bees and brought them to his farm, where he sells various products made with raw honey. (Photos by Jeremy Oster)

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