A swarm of bees appeared outside a Financial District Office building this morning to remind office drones from whence they got their names.

Spotted by one Vox Media employee outside of the media company's building at 85 Broad Street before 8 a.m., the bees were still buzzing away into the lunch hour, having taken up residence on a column near the sidewalk. Building management apparently responded to the problem by taping off the entrance area around the bees. And then, moments ago, came the beekeepers.

Retired NYPD cop and bee guru Anthony "Tony Bees" Planakis said that the swarm was likely looking for a new home when it made its way to the downtown edifice. Had beekeepers not arrived to take the swarm away, the bees likely would have taken off a second time in search of a place to set up a new hive. Doing so in the concrete canyons by Wall Street is a tough proposition, given that bees tend to seek out wooden hollows as sites for their houses, Planakis said.

He stressed that office workers faced with a swarm of bees should not fear.

"They're at their most docile right now," he said. "They have nothing to defend. The only thing they're going to defend is themselves and the queen. People have nothing to worry about."

He added, "I'd go over there in a pair of shorts and no shirt and take that swarm down, no problem."

Planakis retired from the NYPD in 2014, after being accused, falsely he says, of profiting off of bees he acquired while responding to bee-mergencies. This afternoon, an NYPD spokesman said he had no information on the Broad Street swarm, and an FDNY spokesman said the same.

Planakis put Gothamist in touch with his replacement bee guy at the police department, Officer Darren Mays, who instructed that we call 911 so that the department would refer the downtown job to him. Mays and Planakis both hoped that the police would retrieve the bees and not a private contractor. We did make the call, but the NYPD seems to have missed the boat on this one.

Planakis said that swarms have become more common since the city legalized beekeeping in 2010. Bees in hives naturally break off to form new hives at least every second year, he explained, and some amateur beekeepers don't know to kill what are called swarm cells, the groups of bees plotting an escape, before they make a break for it.

After surviving a winter, according to Planakis, the swarm cell says to itself, "'Okay, we have sufficient stores for the hive here, and now what we're going to do is, because we're over-crowded here, or being overly manipulated, we're going to swarm to another location.' It's a natural split...That's their only intention is to swarm, to propagate."

The property manager for 85 Broad did not respond to a call or an email seeking comment.