A buzz at the Miami airport: 40,000 bees found under container

01/10/2014 4:17 PM

01/10/2014 4:44 PM

A group of construction workers are the buzz of Miami International Airport after finding a trove of honey and 40,000 bees under a large shipping container.

The workers from Parsons-Odebrecht Joint Venture, a contractor at the airport, found the 40-pound beehive last month after noticing that the work site had an unusually large number of bees when the container was placed on the construction site.

After their discovery, the workers notified Miami-Dade Aviation Department’s Wildlife Control Division, which found a professional beekeeper to relocate the bees.

“I applaud the team at POJV and our Wildlife Control employees for being sensitive to our natural environment and giving these bees a new lease on life at one of our local farms,” Emilio T. González, Miami-Dade Aviation’s director, said in a statement. “Their efforts took a potentially dangerous situation and turned it into a decidedly positive one for the airport and the environment.”

The bees have been moved to a farm in South Miami-Dade where they can pollinate the local crops and produce honey for the farmers.

The Parsons employees reward was sweet: The hive was harvested and produced 25 pounds of bottled honey for the workers.

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