- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (AP) - Employees of a western New York General Motors plant recently found themselves sharing the parking lot with a swarm of honeybees, which were eventually gathered up by a beekeeper.

The estimated 4,000-5,000 bees buzzed near the motorcycle parking area at the GM’s Lockport plant last week before settling in a large mass on a chain-link fence.

Michael Branch, the shop chairman for UAW Local 686, got in touch with beekeeper Alfonso Bax at the Western New York Honey Producers Association, who came out in protective gear to collect the hive.

Bax says such swarms are common in the spring when hives split and send about half their worker bees and a queen off to a new nesting site.

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