24,000 bees swarmed Williamsburg today

beesToday a swarm of 24,000 bees formed on a Montrose Ave. tree between Lorimer and Leonard streets according to DNA info. Luckily the NYPD’s resident bee champion Det. Anthony “Tony Bees” Planakis was there to save the day. From DNAinfo:

Planakis proceeded to vacuum up the bees, using a queen from another swarm to draw them in. He removed the entire swarm by 2:30 p.m. and will bring them to an apiary in Connecticut.

Planakis said this was the first reported swarm in the area and predicted that nearby hives will soon follow.

“We had a bet and I said it would start up the week after Mother’s Day,” the NYPD’s resident beekeeper said. “I may be wrong, but in 38 years I’ve never been wrong.”

Oh great.

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