|Beekeeping on the rise in urban areas|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
LARGO — Rebecca Conroy, dressed in long sleeves and a veiled hat, worked inside her apiary at the Ochs 4-H Educational Center. Three days had passed since she discovered two of her 21 hives suffered severe damage from what she suspected was pesticide poisoning. She was ready to see if any other hives were hurt, and if at least the queens from the damaged hives had survived.
She began to pull up frames, the dividers that hold the honeycombs, turning them from one side to the other.
Dead bees landed in piles, and no, she couldn’t find the two queens.
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