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What do you do when 45,000 to 50,000 bees are looking for a new home? Well hope and pray that you don't have a yellow car like this one!
Noah Wilson-Rich, a behavioral ecologist and founder of The Best Bees Company, rushed to the scene yesterday to relocate the bees.
“I received a call from the Boston Redevelopment Authority. He let me know that there was a swarm of honey bees on a car in Dorchester,” says Wilson-Rich, who spoke to us recently about how honeybees are endangered globally but thriving in Boston (no kidding). “He connected me with Animal Control. I told him that I would head on over. He let me know that there was a large crowd, with police and media waiting for me. When I got there, I immediately saw the bright yellow car with the largest swarm I’ve ever seen in my life!”
Wilson-Rich says that the bees were likely attracted to the car because of its yellow color, which is just like a flower. Police asked him if there could be a decomposing body or anything in the trunk that might attract them. “I let them know that these honeybees are no more attracted to dead bodies than people are. They are attracted to flowers, and that’s pretty much it. In fact, when I opened the trunk, there was only a baby carriage folded up inside,” he says.
Wilson-Rich put on his beekeeper’s suit and used a bee brush to gently move the swarm into a special box called a “nuc box,” which is short for nucleus, or core hive.
“The swarm was so large that I had to return to the Urban Beekeeping Lab [his lab in the South End] to get two more boxes, then return to the yellow car, and finish brushing the bees in. The crowd had dispersed by the time I returned.”