- Associated Press - Sunday, July 3, 2016

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) - Photographer Mike Ridinger says he got a lot more than sweet nothings after discovering a giant beehive hidden in his office ceiling.

The Lewiston Tribune (https://bit.ly/296faRC ) reports that a tenant alerted Ridinger last week that a sticky substance had leaked from the ceiling and coated the tenant’s band equipment. According to Ridinger, an unknown beehive had cracked open after being suspended on the planks and rafters in the office building’s roof.

An estimated 60,000 to 80,000 bees were living in the hive - with 50,000 of the bees roaming the Lewiston downtown area collecting pollen.

Ridinger enlisted the help of Lewiston Police Lt. Joedy Mundell, a professional beekeeper, to safely remove the hive to a new home over the next few days.

Mundell says he will be able to extract 10 to 15 gallons of honey from the remaining hive.


Information from: Lewiston Tribune, https://www.lmtribune.com

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