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Thursday 2 October 2014

Moving day for swarm of honey bees

Emma Jane Hade

Published 25/06/2014 | 02:30

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A bee keeper removes migrating bees from a hanging basket in the centre of Tullamore, Offaly.  Picture: Jeff Harvey/HR Photo
A bee keeper removes migrating bees from a hanging basket in the centre of Tullamore, Offaly. Picture: Jeff Harvey/HR Photo

THERE was a buzz about Co Offaly as it was moving day for the bees.

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A massive swarm of honey bees was snapped on the move by locals yesterday, as they searched for a new home in Tullamore yesterday afternoon.

It's estimated that this prime swarm, pictured here beside a floral hanging basket, could be comprised of at least 17,500 bees.

Eamon Magee is the president of the Federation of Irish Beekeepers' Association, and he said that swarms like this can be spotted on the move when a colony becomes "too big and cumbersome".

"The old queen goes away with what you are seeing hanging on the basket there," Mr Magee said.

The Federation of Irish Beekeepers' Associations will hold their annual conference in Gormanstown, Co Meath, next month. It will feature a guest lecture from Professor Thomas D. Seeley of the prestigious American Ivy League university, Cornell.

Irish Independent

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