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Thousands of bees swarm parked plane

BEVERLY, Mass., June 3 (UPI) -- Officials at a Massachusetts airport said a swarm of about 10,000 bees swarmed the wing of a parked plane used for flight school training.

Arne Nordeide, owner of the Beverly Flight Center at the Beverly Municipal Airport, said he saw the bees gather around the wing of the plane about 11 a.m. Sunday, after it had returned from an 8 a.m. flight, The (Salem, Mass.) News reported Wednesday.

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"I never saw anything like it," Nordeide said.

"The plane had already flown around 8 a.m.," he said, "and all of a sudden, they (the bees) decided to land."

Nordeide said police connected him with Al Wilkins, a bee removal expert who used a special vacuum to collect the bees and relocate them to hives used for honey production.

Wilkins said swarms of the type seen at the airport are common this time of year, as old queen bees leave their hives to seek new homes after laying the egg for a new queen.

"That's how they propagate," Wilkins said.

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