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Millions of bees seized from Queens man


| brennison@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of the USDA

A Queens man was stung when the city confiscated millions of bees from his backyard.

A swarm of more than 3 million bees were seized from Yi Gin Chen’s Corona home on Wednesday night two years after he started his hobby.

The New York City Beekeepers Association put out a call for help removing the 45 hives from the Corona home on Tuesday.

“All rules of good urban beekeeping and of common sense have been ignored here,” Andrew Cote, president of the New York City Beekeepers Association, told the Daily News. “I thought I’ve seen it all in urban beekeeping and this surprised me.”

The bees owner told the Daily News that he did not have the time to care for the insects.

Neighbors complained to the paper that they were swarmed whenever they left the house. The Board of Health legalized beekeeping at city residences in 2010, though hives have to be registered and appropriate practices must be followed. Chen’s hives were not registered with department.