In my travels through the archives I found this great pair of articles about steely nerved bee whisperers from 1949 and immediately thought of that lovely blogger Miss Apis Mellifera.
Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, and Grenfell Street, Adelaide, are both one of the main streets in their respective cities, and the thought of a swarm of bees in either of those locations today is very unlikely.
Even less likely is that there would be a cool-headed member of the crowd ready to wander up to a bee swarm and send the queen on her way. Slightly panicked passers-by armed with iphones though, now that sounds far more likely!
I expect that the ute owner was very pleased that there was someone who knew how to deal with a hitchhiking swarm of bees, otherwise it could have been a very interesting trip home for him, and the bike rider, well, I expect he would have just walked home if the queen in that particular swarm remained elusive!
Clearly the swarm on the bike seat was a calm one. I expect that normally having two men sorting through the bees looking for the queen like that would result in screaming and running. They look more like they are sorting through a pile of change rather than a swarm of bees!
This post is also a quiet thank you to Miss Apis Mellifera for her lovely words and her Bumblebee award. She made my day