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Stockholm plagued by giant swarm of bees

13 Jul 2012, 16:18

Published: 13 Jul 2012 16:18 GMT+02:00

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After frightening pedestrians around the Mäster Samuelsgatan area, the bees gathered above Stockholm's H&M headquarters.

"It lasted for over three hours," said Annette Rieger, who works in the building, to The Local.

"Bees were everywhere, they were all over the windows, they even got through the first level of glazing. My colleague was super scared because she is allergic to bees!"

Click here to see more of the bees, including their rescue, from inside the building

According to bee-expert Johan Jarbrant, chairman of the Stockholm bee-keepers' association, the swarm numbered around 5,000, wrote the Aftonbladet newspaper.

Jarbrant and a colleague geared in protective clothing, used a sky lift to remove the bees and to take them to a less populated area.

"They used smoke to get rid of the bees, the smoke made them dizzy, then they were put into cardboard boxes," Rieger told The Local.

While officials still do not know where they came from, Jarbrant claims that he thinks they were probably looking for a new place to live.

Karolina Lissiö, expert from Bee Urban, a company that keeps bees in 27 hives across central Stockholm, agrees.

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"The swarming of the bees is a natural part of the reproductive cycle. When a new queen is hatched, the old queen takes some bees with her to a new hive in another place," she told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Salomon Rogberg


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19:21 July 13, 2012 by KingArthur
So funny, a few days ago a few thousand bee´s left a zoo in the netherlands. They hd no idea why. And where they left of to. I gues they (the bees) thought it would be nicer in Sweden as well :)

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19:37 July 13, 2012 by skogsbo
What clown wrote this?. 5000 is a very small colony of bees. A busy full hive will have many times this. Smoke doesn't make them dizzy, it triggers a natural instinct, thought to relate to forest fires, where bees would eat lots of honey in the hive preparing to flee, full stomach also make it harder for them to curve their abdomen and sting. Totally pointless to smoke them on a building, there is no honey to eat, plus they will have full stomachs anyway from eating lots prior to swarming from their original hive. If left unmanaged most beekeeper hives would swarm nearly every year, it what bees instinct drives them to do.
19:48 July 13, 2012 by tadchem
Bees also have a very sensitive sense of smell. They have a sweet tooth, as well, and probably were drawn to the area by the aroma of sugared drinks, often found in discard bins.

At my university in 1979 we had a hive that produced honey that tasted of cola drinks.
20:43 July 13, 2012 by johan rebel
Major Panic?

Urban idiots!
22:25 July 13, 2012 by malicefey
Bees...yes, really really important news...
09:54 July 14, 2012 by david anderson
I live in Denver, Colorado =(

But I always.... rather "Bee" in Stockholm.=)
09:55 July 14, 2012 by Frobobbles
The bees were protesting the 100-bees-for-julian-assange deal with UK
10:24 July 14, 2012 by ann2
My kids loved the pictures. They were happy to bee in the country safe from the city's wildlife!
15:52 July 14, 2012 by muscle
send these bees to UK for research!
20:42 July 14, 2012 by Steggles
Talk about over exaggerating......'Giant swarm of bees'.....looks like an average size to me.

As for 'major panic'.........those city folk have probably never seen a bee in their entire life!

Get a life.
02:00 July 16, 2012 by philster61
To Bee or not to Bee......
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