Bees stun lunchtime shoppers as pollinators swarm a bench in Tamworth

By Caitlin Furlong

 

Lunchtime shoppers in Tamworth got a shock on Wednesday when a swarm of about 30,000 bees took up residence on a bench in the busy main street.

The bees had filled their hive in a nearby tree with honey and needed a rest from house hunting when they spied the bench.

Passer-by Tom Kerr managed to catch the queen bee in a takeaway container and hold on to her until a professional beekeeper arrived to move the colony.

Mr Kerr was keen to help out and even risked several stings when he held the swarm in his bare hand.

“They’re a bit flighty,” he said.

 

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