Somebody shouted out a warning, and Viking Gustafson and her coworkers at the Marine Railways shipyard in Gloucester dived for cover as the swarm came buzzing out of a sheet of rain.

Gustafson, epinephrine pen in hand, watched from a safe distance as 25,000 honeybees, moving as one, took over the shipyard Wednesday (June 26) afternoon. The 50’ long, 25’ wide swarm covered a corner of the yard before coagulating on a piece of scaffolding into a single, basketball-sized mass.

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