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Downtown passers-by watch a large group of honey bees swarm together into a large mass hanging from a tree branch near the corner of First Avenue and Alder Street Friday afternoon. The swarm landed on the branch mid-day Friday and stopped swarms of pedestrian and vehicular traffic along First Avenue all afternoon.

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Spring is a time to bee kind, Walla Walla-area beekeeper notes

Beekeepers note this is the season for bee swarms, which are harmless and sought after by professionals.

WALLA WALLA -- 'Tis the season for swarming, so if you see one, don't reach for the insecticide. Call a beekeeper.That's the message Michael Dudenkov and his fellow beekeepers want to put out now that the weather is warming up and bee swarms are likely. B

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