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A Wanganui beekeeper has issued a plea for people to report bee swarms after children threw bricks and blocks of wood at one found at a city school.


Leroy Johnston, who has kept hives at his home in Somme Parade for the past four years, said he discovered the swarm outside Cullinane College on Monday morning. That evening, he returned after work to capture the swarm - given that bees settle at night and are much easier to catch - but it had moved on after being harassed by children throwing bricks and wooden blocks at it.


The school's caretaker had warned the children against disturbing the swarm, but by then, the objects had already been thrown at the bees, he said. Honey bees start swarming from October through to December, with the honey-harvesting season typically beginning in November.


Generally, swarming occurs when a new queen bee is produced and the original queen bee elects to migrate, usually when a hive is overcrowded. In migrating to a new hive, about half the original hive's population travels with her.


Mr Johnston said a swarm should be reported to any local beekeeper. His removal method involved covering the swarm with a sack and cutting away the branch they had gathered on.


This season, he expected up to 60kg of honey from each of his hives. The Wanganui Beekeepers' Club has about 50 members. They meet at Canaan Apiaries, in Mosston Rd, every second Wednesday, at 7.30pm.


Full article at http://www.wanganuichronicle.co.nz/news/bee-swarm-causes-big-buzz/1142676/

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Maybe a local Beekeeper could go and have a talk with the kids and tell them why Bees are so important? So sad the message hasn't filtered down to them...

It might have a better effect than them just being told off. ;)

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