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Bees on Capitol Hill, Senators Safely Gone

July 14th, 2015

Bees on Capitol Hill, Senators Safely Gone

Honey bees, known for their work ethic, were swarming outside Senate offices this week but the lawmakers from both houses were on break.  The bees were not staging a protest, although considering how threatened they are a species and their known intelligence, perhaps this was a small demonstration.

Three beekeepers – one also a Cogressional aide – captured the swarm and safely removed them.

Rachel Perry, of Capitol Bee Care, explained that the bees were searching for a new and larger home.  As Perry lured bees into the trap, a cardboard box with appropriate bee-sized entry, officers stood nearby with automatic rifles.  The rescue operation took several hours, but no one was harmed and the officers had a more eventful day than usual.

One amateur beekeeper, who is also chief-of-staff for Representative John Conyers (D-Michigan), was on site but available due to the session break and came over to help out.  After hearing about the swarm, Cynthia Martin joined the beekeepers.  She was able to participate in their successful relocation effort.

“Thank you so much for your help,” she said, addressing the other beekeepers. “My first swarm that I actually captured!”

Martin’s honeybee hobby has been instrumental in contributing to Conyers recent legislative efforts to require the Environmental Protection Agency to study links between approved insecticides and honey bee die-off.

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