40,000 Bees Found in Queens Building | NBC New York

40,000 Bees Found in Queens Building



    (Published Friday, Aug. 22, 2014)

    Residents at one Queens condominium are likely to be abuzz for quite awhile after tens of thousands of bees were discovered in the building's ceiling.

    The manager of the Jackson Heights condo said that beekeepers came to remove a massive beehive from the building’s ceiling Thursday after the discovery was made.

    It was estimated that about 40,000 bees and 17 honeycombs were removed from the building.

    The beekeepers used thermal imaging to find where each of the honeycombs were, then removed each one and vacuumed the insects into containers. The bees were then all taken to a bee farm.

    It’s not clear how long the bees were there, but the manager said the colony must have been there for a while for the hive to grow so large.

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