Bee kill in St. Paul, Minnesota UPDATE

UPDATE from this blog.

With help from Lucinda Swanson that commented below, we figured out what actually happened to the swarm of bees. There were two swarms that were spotted in Downtown St. Paul at almost midnight on sunday night. Lucinda estimated that both were about the size of her 6 foot tall son’s torso. Because it was so late and the night before the Monday morning rush hour, the St. Paul City Police requested that St. Paul Fire remove the bees from the trees. The bees were killed by the fire crew with flame retardent foam. The whole incident was unfortunate, but the city did what they felt they had to to keep the public safe. To hopefully prevent a similar kill in the future, the city has been provided with a list of people who catch swarms, as provided by the MN Hobby Beekeepers Association.

The incident in summarized in a Star Tribune article.

One of the swarms in downtown St. Paul. Taken about 11:30pm by Lucinda Swenson.
One of the swarms in downtown St. Paul. Taken about 11:30pm by Lucinda Swenson.


Written By: Katie Lee

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I'm a part of the Midwest Bee Team based out of the University of Minnesota. I work with commercial migratory beekeepers in North Dakota and Minnesota to help them monitor pest and disease levels. Before I was on the Midwest Team, I was on the CA Bee Team working for the Northern California bee breeders. I was introduced to honey bees during my last semester as an undergrad when I took a class on social insects with Dr. Marla Spivak. Marla asked me to work in the U of MN Bee Lab over the summer, and have been enthralled with bees ever since. My main interests are bee breeding, Varroa, disease ecology, and extension work. I received both a BS in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior and a MS in Entomology from the University of Minnesota.


One Response to “Bee kill in St. Paul, Minnesota UPDATE”

  1. vladimir

    Good day! I live in Ukraine. Beekeeping (pollen, royal jelly, wax moth, honey, propolis). I want to know much about your accomplishments.