OWLS HEAD — A swarm of bees landed at the Knox County Regional Airport Wednesday, July 6.

Airport Manager Jeremy Shaw said a technician was installing a keypad at one of the gates when the swarm settled on a building and traffic cone by the Avis rental car building.

The technician was not injured. The technician noticed a bee stuck in his beard and then looked up and saw the swarm before leaving the area.

Shaw said he contacted Larry Arbour from Weskeag Farms who arrived to remove the swarm.

Arbour said bees when they swarm are calm and placid and have carried honey from their prior home. He said he placed a traffic cone that the bees had settled on, placed it in a large bucket and brought them to a hive he has.

According to the University of California’s agricultural department, swarming is the honey bees’ method of colony reproduction. The old queen and about half of the worker bees leave their former nest and seek a new home, usually in the spring but sometimes at other times of the year when local conditions permit. To start the process, certain worker bees, called scouts, begin to canvass the surrounding territory for a potential new nesting site even before the swarm leaves its original colony.

A departing swarm consists of a large number of bees flying in a cloud that seems to drift along through the air. People not familiar with honey bees are generally frightened by such a mass, which can contain 5,000 to 20,000 bees, but unless a bee becomes tangled in someone’s hair, it isn’t likely to sting.

Larry Arbour of Weskeag Farms arrived to remove the swarm.