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Swarm of bees delays NY bound flight

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Photo courtesy:  Stephen Repasky Photo courtesy: Stephen Repasky
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A swarm of thousands of bees delayed a Delta Air Lines flight from Pittsburgh International Airport to New York.

Master beekeeper Stephen Repasky of Meadow Sweet Apiaries was called out on Wednesday when the bees gathered on the wing of the plan as crews were getting ready to fuel it.

He sent MyFoxNY.com several photos of the swarm covering the left wing.

Repasky says such swarms form when colonies become too large and the queen leaves half of her bees behind to find a new home. Some swarms can contain 25,000 to 30,000 bees.

Repasky says it's likely there's a wild honeybee colony at the airport somewhere.

The beekeeper was called to remove the insects because they're a protected species that cannot legally be killed.

He gathered them up and has them in his backyard.

 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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