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Wild bee swarm in Russell Co. comes home to friends

Russell Springs writer thinks maybe bees have a sense of where humans are bee lovers
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By Shevawn Richards

We found these bees swarming an old apple tree in our back yard on East Steve Wariner DR in Russell Springs, KY, on Monday, April 18, 2011.

Mike Foley's family used to keep bees to help pollinate their orchard and flowers.


They still have all the equipment, even though most of the bees have left.

It is strange that this swarm picked our yard to land in.

It's like they knew there were some bee lovers around! -Shevawn Richards
RELATED:
  • The Russell County Bee Club, 2688 S. Hwy. 127, Russell Springs. KYServes Russell County and the surrounding counties: Adair, Casey, Cumberland, Pulaski, Clinton, and Wayne. Meetings are normally held on the first Monday of the month, at 6pmCT, Russell County Extension Office at 2688 S. Hwy 127, Russell Springs, KY.

  • Green River Bee Keepers meeting for Taylor, Adair, Green Countiesat Taylor Co. Extension Office, 1143 S. Columbia, AV, Campbellsville, KYat 7pmET/6pmCT, every second Monday of each month.
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Wild bees swarm at home where bees are loved



2011-04-19 - East Steve Wariner DR, Russell Springs, KY - Photo by Shevawn Richards.
These now wild bees swarmed at the Richards home on East Steve Wariner DR in Russell Springs, KY, almost as if they knew that here abide bee lovers and bee loving neighbors. -Shevawn Richards.

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Bee man Mike Foley coaxes bees into new home



2011-04-19 - East Steve Wariner DR, Russell Springs, KY - Photo by Shevawn Richards.
Mike Foley, whose family kept bees and still has all the gear, suited up to transfer the swarm into a new home, a hive from the family's formerly active apiary. -Shevawn Richards

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Hasty house: Wild swarm new, hastily placed, residence



2011-04-19 - East Steve Wariner DR, Russell Springs, KY - Photo by Shevawn Richards.
This long unused hive was handily close by when the bees - now wild and maybe from earlier domestic bees which once worked here - returned and and found themselves among bee lovers, who provided the hastily placed habitat for headquarters for their very useful enterprise. Photo taken Monday, April 18, 2011, by Shevawn Richards

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