WESTFIELD – Contractors working on a Westfield home discovered a colony of more than 60,000 honey bees when they tore down a wall, according to a News 12 New Jersey report.
Beekeeper Mickey Hegdus is removing the bees and their hive with a special vacuum and is taking all that he can save to a new colony he’s establishing at a Roselle Park church. Hegdus told News 12, “This is probably the biggest colony I’ve taken out of a house, especially in Westfield.”
Approximately one-third of New Jersey’s honey bees died last winter, according to the state Department of Agriculture. Honey bees are responsible for pollinating about a third of the food people eat, according to New Jersey state apiarist Tim Schuler.
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