Bee colony swarms construction site at Toronto’s Union Station

Lindsay Jolivet
Bees swarm a backhoe at Toronto's Union Station
Bees swarm a backhoe at Toronto's Union Station. (Twitter/rogerfpetersen)

Thousands of itinerant honey bees decided to move into a construction site in downtown Toronto on Wednesday, briefly making themselves at home on a backhoe.

The Toronto Star reported a colony swarmed the area, most likely in search of a new home. An image of the swarm shows part of the backhoe covered entirely by a carpet of bees.

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City News anchor Roger Peterson tweeted an image of the buzzing swarm, saying it halted work on the construction site at Union Station.

Some speculated the bees came from the nearby Fairmont Royal York, which keeps six bee hives on its rooftop that produce 450 pounds of honey each year on average, according to the hotel chain. But in a press release, the hotel said its bees were all accounted for, and none of them were at the construction site.

They didn't seem interested in travelling by subway, however, because the Star reports a beekeeper was able to disperse them from the station grounds before long.

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Bee-zarre, but not so much as recent cases of bee colonies carving homes in the walls of houses in Utah, where the walls of one family's house began to buzz all around them.

Last year, an Ontario couple found their ceiling leaking honey from bees that had moved inside.