60K Bees Found in Utah Cabin

Beekeeper locates massive hive in the eaves
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 6, 2013 10:49 AM CDT
60K Bees Found in Utah Cabin
Beekeeper Vic Bachman, left, and Nate Hall remove a 12-foot-long beehive from an A-frame in Eden, Utah. It was the biggest beehive they have ever removed, containing about 60,000 honeybees.   (Uncredited)

It was quite a buzz for Utah beekeeper Vic Bachman: Called to an A-frame in Eden last month, he found a massive beehive containing some 60,000 honeybees packed in the cabin's eaves. "We got 15 pounds of bees out of there," says Bachman, who used smoke and a vacuum cleaner to safely remove the insects over the course of six hours. Above a panel that hid roof rafters, he found honeycombs packed 12 feet long, 4 feet wide, and 16 inches deep, built by bees who had been living in the rarely used cabin since 1996.

Upon deciding to occupy the cabin, the homeowners realized the bee presence wasn't safe for their kids and called Bachman. Utah calls itself the Beehive State, a symbol of industriousness. Bachman says this hive is pretty industrious, calling it "the biggest one I've ever seen." Bachman reassembled the hive at his home, while saving some of the honeycomb for candles and lotions at his hobbyist store. "We caught the queen and were able to keep her," Bachman says. "The hive is in my backyard right now and is doing well." (Read more honeybees stories.)

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