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Bee-All

Monday, June 02, 2008

Roger Repohl, beekeeper in the South Bronx and entomologist John Ascher, the senior project manager of the Bee Database in the American Museum of Natural History's department of invertebrate zoology, talk about all things bees, honey bees, wild bees and how they’re faring.

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John Ascher and Roger Repohl
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Comments [6]

Wendy from Park Slope

It's easy to say live and let live. I have a swarm of bees the size of a watermelon right over where we eat outside in the backyard and while I do NOT want to harm the bees I am trying desperately to find someone who can move the hive to a better place for bees and people to coexist. I happen to be allergic, but still love bees---they are amazing. It is quite odd that the only people who deal with this are exterminators, no wonder bees are so endangered these days--wouldn't you think someone would want them or at least be interested in moving them to a nice apple orchard somewhere? There really doesn't seem to be anyone to call, I am trying. desperately, there are thousands and thousands of bees in this swarm (very cool looking).

Jun. 18 2008 01:03 AM
Kevin Mattteson from Fordham University, Bronx

For more info on how to get involved in collecting data on bees in NYC:
http://cbc.amnh.org/beewatchers/

Jun. 03 2008 12:47 PM
hjs from 11211

who do you call? just leave them bee! live and let live.

Jun. 02 2008 11:03 AM
Heidi Upton from Forest HIlls

I live in an apartment building. Looking outside one of my windows last week I noticed many many bees flying around the building just outside the window - I am on 4th floor. They have set up house in an opening in the facade of the building (pre-war building in Forest Hills Gardens). I thought they were yellow jackets but men who take care of building assure me they are bees. I am nervous they will upset the summer - I have terrace. Is this a swarm? Are they damaging the building? Am I safe? hmmmmm.

Jun. 02 2008 10:55 AM
Valeen from Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn

I'm glad you're discussing this, b/c yesterday I saw my second swarm of bees in Brooklyn. There was a random swarm on Dekalb Avenue in Ft. Greene Brooklyn and last summer there was a swarm outside a restaurant on 7th Avenue in Park Slope. The solution to the restaurant swarm was for an official-looking man to run up, spray the bees with some sort of liquid and then run. This, of course, just aggravated the bees even more. If you see a swarm of bees, who should you call? Is there anyone who handles these situations?

Jun. 02 2008 10:53 AM
Robert from NYC

I wish I knew about Mr. Repohl being in the Bronx a few years about when my mom's house was full of bees (on the outside, of course) I don't know how she got rid of them but I think she said most of them were either already dead or appeared to be dying, or not in "good health". Where in the Bronx is he?

Jun. 02 2008 10:48 AM

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