When Utah beekeeper Vic Bachman arrived to remove a hive from a Nordic Valley cabin last month what he never expected to find was one more than twice his own size.
The buzzing hive containing around 60,000 honeybees stretched more than 12-feet in length, 16-inches deep and a foot wide he recalled after spending just over six hours removing it.
‘That hive was the biggest. I’ve never seen one that big,’ he told KSL after its completion.
Before and after: At the left Mr Bachman begins to remove paneling along the cabin which unleashed the massive hive stretching more than 12-feet along the roof’s side
Typically the largest hives Mr Bachman ever deals with are around three feet long he said.
This one was the biggest beehive he says he’s ever seen in the state of Utah. Whether this was Utah’s largest beehive is unknown.
Protected in a full-body suit, Mr Bachman worked alongside a partner removing panels along the A-frame cabin’s wall where the bees were seen lighting congregating along its edges.
‘At that point, all we could see was where the bees were going in,’ Mr Bachman said. ‘Then we started to cut out the eaves.’
When that happened, the two men fully unleashed the full extent of the work at hand.
The diagonal wall wiggled and squirmed from all of the tiny insects seen crawling around the lines of honeycomb.
Despite the apparent chaos inside, Mr Buchman was able to find and collect the single queen bee.
Holding it out on his gloved hand, the female was seen dramatically larger than at least two others around her.
A barrel and attached hose were next used to safely collect and transport the rest to his North Ogden property.
The goal of Mr Bachman’s business, Deseret Hive Supply, is to keep bees alive and pollinating. His business offers supplies in addition to courses on their handling according to its website.
The cabin’s owner, Bricklin Bertagnolli, said the bees had been living below the cabin’s roof since 1996.