Bee swarm moved on after creating alarm in central Hobart

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December 05, 2018 19:12:26

A swarm of bees has been removed from a busy street in Central Hobart.

Key points

  • Thousands of bees covered a road sign in central Hobart
  • Source of swarm understood to be nearby TasTAFE
  • Expert says swarms in cities are not unusual

Earlier, crowds gathered to take photos of the strange sight on the corner of Bathurst and Campbell Streets.

It is understood the swarm had escaped from a hive at nearby TasTAFE, which runs courses in beekeeping.

Hobart resident Harley Peddie said he was terrified when he first saw them.

“I was walking underneath it when I saw one or two of them, then I looked up and there was a swarm of bees and I ran across the road,” he said.

“I haven’t been stung before so I don’t know if I’m allergic to them or not.”

President of the Tasmanian Beekeepers Association Lindsay Bourke said it is not unusual to see bee swarms in cities.

“They’re in some of the churches and various commercial buildings and also in some residential properties,” he said.

“A swarm comes out of every hive every year unless a commercial beekeeper or someone who knows about bees prevents them from swarming.

“The way to prevent them from swarming is to give them room for their expansion.”

Mr Bourke said the bees could stay for a short amount of time.

“Sometimes a couple of hours and sometimes a week,” he said.

“They’re sending out scouts all the time looking for somewhere suitable to go and start a new hive and that could be another building.”

The Hobart City Council dispatched a beekeeper to remove the swarm, which has been taken back to the TasTAFE hive.

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First posted

December 05, 2018 15:27:14



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