CORONA — Police beekeepers safely removed approximately 15,000 bees that swarmed Corona Plaza Wednesday afternoon, the latest to emerge as part of the city's "swarm season."
The bees gathered near plants at Corona Plaza at around 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, according to witnesses.
They were removed by Detective Anthony Planakis, also known as "Tony Bees," who has been the NYPD's beekeeper for 38 years.
Corona's swarm is the latest, but not the biggest, for the city this spring.
On May 26, 18,000 bees were removed from an Upper West Side tree, and 24,000 bees were removed May 21 from Williamsburg.
The largest swarm was in Astoria on May 7 — when Planakis removed more than 30,000 bees from a cherry tree on 28th Avenue.