Multiple colonies of honeybees found in abandoned ETX building

Published: May. 17, 2013 at 9:54 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 1, 2013 at 3:36 PM CDT
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HARRISON CO., TX (KSLA) - The old Rosborough Springs building south of Marshall, TX has been empty for years, but as Richard Givens recently discovered, the place is still buzzing with activity.

"I was out here mowing the other day and next thing I know, I started getting attacked." Givens had been stung by honeybees that had taken up residence in the old abandoned building.

Given called in beekeeper James Beasley, who also teaches ninth grade biology at Elysian Fields High School.

As Beasley discovered, the days of dances, camps, and roller-skate parties are long gone, but the walls are alive with five separate colonies of bees.  About 250,000 of them.

"In my thirty plus years of keeping bees I have never seen so many feral colonies in one place, let alone the walls of a building."

Beasley and a team of beekeepers are spending the weekend tearing down the walls, pulling out five separate colonies of bees and their honeycombs. They estimate finding about 20 gallons of honey.

The colonies will be taken to a bee farm.

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