Bee Swarm at the Health Department
May 1, 2012
And now for something completely different:
A swarm of bees decided to take up residence at the Health Department at 555 Lexington Avenue yesterday. The area was marked off with caution tape until beekeeper Sonny Barker arrived to safely take them away.
What looks like a hive in the first picture is actually a mass of bees surrounding the queen to keep her warm and safe from potential rain showers. According to Sonny, when the bees decide to look for a new home, they send out some scouts for a new location. Apparently, a bush at the corner of the Health Department looked inviting.
Sonny safely collected the bees by shaking them off the bush and putting them in a transportation box. Despite the bees flying around Sonny in the second picture, he was not stung. "I'm pretty confident the queen is in the box," Sonny quipped, "because they are all going in there now."
Sonny will move the honey bees to a a new bee hive on his property. "I hope they like their new home, but you never know with bees," Sonny said. "They may decide to leave and search for a new home."
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