Swarm of 20000 Bees Removed from Upper West Side Tree

May 27, 2014 12:23 PM

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Swarm of 20000 Bees Removed from Upper West Side Tree

“There were a lot of civilians walking around,” said Andrew Cote of the NYC Bee Keepers Association, who was at the scene. The bees were corralled into a cardboard box including the all- important queen by Planakis within five minutes with no one stung.

“The most important thing is the queen. If you lose the queen you lose the hive,” a source explained. Detective Anthony Planakis, the resident beekeeper for New York City Police added, “they clustered around the queen to try and save her because she is the matriarch and without her you don’t have a ...

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