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Bees! Thousands Swarm Astoria Block

A "massive" swarm of bees estimated to be up to 30,000 in size were removed from a tree in Queens yesterday, according to an NY Police Department bee expert.

According to DNAInfo:

"It was a massive swarm," said Anthony Planakis — also known as "Tony Bees" — who estimated that there were 30,000 to 36,000 bees swarming the branches of a cherry tree on 28th Avenue near 48th Street in Astoria.

Planakis used a bucket truck to approach the buzzing mass, which was located about 13 feet up in the tree. But he didn't immediately realize how many insects there were until he got closer.

"This thing was huge. I didn’t really know until I got up in the air," he said, saying the realization was akin to the iconic scene in "Jaws."

"I looked at the guy and said, 'We're gonna need a bigger truck,'" he quipped.

Planakis said he used a vacuum to humanely remove the insects, noting that the method doesn't harm the bees. The job took two and half hours, with about 12 pounds of bees removed in total.

It's not yet clear where the swarm came from, but some are suspecting they may have come from a beekeeping hobbyist who may have lived nearby.

 

Photo Credit: Getty Images

 

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