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Honey Bee Swarm Arrives At Moneyrea

During the month of June a swarm of honey bees arrived on one of the trees near the front playground. Very quickly they formed a coneshape around the Queen. There must have been at least a 1000 bees.

Unfortunately this meant that the children couldn't get out to play. Mr Greer contacted a beekeeper and he arrived within an hour, looking very excited. This was his first swarm and he was really pleased to have received the call. Bees are important as they help to pollinate flowers and fruit trees.

First he put on his protective clothing and then he climbed a step ladder right up to where the bees had settled. Then he did something which seemed a little dangerous; he knocked the swarm off the branch into a cardboard box. He didn't even use his puffer to calm the bees down. The bees began to zoom around angrily, one even tried to land in Mr Greer's hair!!!!

The beekeeper climbed down and checked to see if the Queen Bee was in the box. Thankfully she was. Now he opened the box and low and behold the bees began to fly into the box to be with their Queen. Amazing!

The Moneyrea bees are now safely rehoused in a new beehive near Greenisland. Hopefully we will hear how they are getting on and maybe even get to taste some of the honey they produce.

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