THE LOOP — A swarm of bees descended on a Loop light pole and two bikes locked to it Monday afternoon, attracting a steady stream of curious gawkers.
The swarm of honeybees, estimated at around 7,000, was right next to the Divvy station at Michigan and Madison.
A second, different swarm soon followed — people taking photos and videos.
Closer look. Am told the city will hose this thing down soon. pic.twitter.com/05OOm3JVJh— David Lee Matthews (@DavidLMatthews) June 6, 2016
This bike/pole at Madison/Michigan is covered in bees. pic.twitter.com/Z6NA5Nuigr— David Lee Matthews (@DavidLMatthews) June 6, 2016
Jana Kinsman of the Bike-A-Bee group showed up around 2 p.m. to remove the bees — cup by cup — with no gloves protecting her hands. She loaded them up into a portable hive, with plans to drive them to her headquarters at The Plant, a self-sustaining farm in Back of the Yards.
"Don't do this yourself, you'll make a mistake," she warned people.
Underneath the swarm was Sarah Lorraine Bradley's bike. She said she locked it to get a cup of coffee, only to return to a covered bike.
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