Wildlife & Nature

56,000 Bees Rescued in Portsmouth Sting Operation


PORTSMOUTH, R.I. —  Jon Nelson of B.B. Nelson Apiaries in Woonsocket and Roger Robitaille of Papa Roger’s Honey Farm in Warwick recently rescued nearly 60,000 bees.

Nelson got a call July 20 that a dilapidated building at Glen Farm was going to be razed. He and Robitaille arrived at 1 p.m. and spent the next several hours tearing down an outside wall to get at a hive that run from floor to roof. The duo rescued 16 pounds of bees, or about 56,000 bees, as there are 3,500 bees per pound, and 10 frames of honey.


Join the Discussion

View Comments

Recent Comments

  1. Terrific video to tell a great story of bee legacy in RI. Thank you for this thoughtful reporting and education!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Your support keeps our reporters on the environmental beat.

Reader support is at the core of our nonprofit news model. Together, we can keep the environment in the headlines.


We use cookies to improve your experience and deliver personalized content. View Cookie Settings