New York City beekeeper Andrew Cote just captured a swarm high above Times Square. The bees were perched on a ledge and the beekeeper went to their rescue, boxing them up before they jumped to their death. In coastal New York, swarm season is between Memorial Day (near the end of May) and the Fourth of July (near the fourth day of July).
Cote thinks that the swarm was from a nearby hotel rooftop apiary. The free bees were on a 17th floor ledge, way up above the place where they store the big New Year’s Eve ball. This wasn’t the highest swarm he’s nabbed – that distinction goes to a swarm he collected from the 19th floor of a different Manhattan building.