The owners of a 1860s-era Cape May, New Jersey, home last week found a thriving colony of 30,000 honeybees—and 25 pounds of honey—living in their attic. Victoria Clayton and Richard White noticed a stream of forager bees hauling pollen and nectar from their garden to a third-floor laundry vent. Gary Schempp, an exterminator-turned-bee-rescuer, excavated the hive from beneath the floorboards and relocated them to his apiary. "A comb this size and this active could have caused huge problems for this structure," Schempp said. Colony collapse disorder and a slew of virulent pathogens have decimated honeybee populations in the last half-decade.
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