Thousands of bees swarm Tennessee town

March 8, 2017: A local beekeeper stepped in to help after thousands of bees swarmed a fire hydrant in downtown Greeneville.

GREENE COUNTY, TENN. - A bizarre scene in a small Tennessee town Wednesday afternoon had everyone "buzzing." 

Around 20,000 bees swarmed around the federal courthouse in Greeneville and then settled in on a fire hydrant right across the street, local beekeepers explained to WGRV Radio. 

Longtime bee keeper Dale Luttrell arrived on the scene and took the hive, according to WGRV reporter Ron P. Metcalfe. He explained that Luttrell's son, Greg, works at the courthouse and helped gather up the bees and keep everyone else at a safe distance. 

Luttrell took the bees to his home where he has several hives for his bee farm, a hobby of his for the past 10 years or so. 

"I enjoy fooling with them and it makes my day when I get out here and get me some honey you know," Luttrell said with a smile. 

He's hoping the additional bees he collected today will help him with his sweet supply of honey.

"It just makes my day when I can catch a swarm," he added. 


But what caused the swarming sight? 

Another local bee keeper, Joel Hausser, explained to WGRV Radio that it was an early swarm of bees and its how the bees reproduce naturally. He said the bees split the hive and take the old queen on a mission to find a new home. 

Hausser told WGRV that the bees aren't aggressive but would be there to protect the queen. 

%INLINE%

© 2017 WBIR.COM


JOIN THE CONVERSATION

To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment