Bees told to buzz off with enormous hive given the flick
WHAT started out as a small community of bees under the archway in the backyard of Max and Lesley Gray has become quite a phenomenon.
The Casino couple now have a 500cm x 750cm beehive with 16 layers of wax hanging from the same archway with a few thousand bees in residence.
"It started about seven years ago and was the size of a porridge plate," Max said.
"When it got bigger I called the Department of Agriculture and he asked me if I had a licence for it.
"He told me it would disappear after a couple of years."
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Rather than disappear it has now gotten much bigger to the point the archway is in danger of collapsing.
"I've tried to keep the greenery manicured on it but when I got too close I got stung on both sides of the face," Max said.
"I've learnt my lesson."
Despite the painful lesson Max will be sad to see the bees go.
"I have a young fellow, Nathan Greiber, who will come and take them in boxes as if that archway collapses it could be dangerous," he said.
Max is hoping they will go to a good home and his thousands of residents will have left him some honey as a thank you.
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