Bee swarm closes Manhattan Beach pier

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Police cleared the Manhattan Beach pier Saturday afternoon after a swarm of bees arrived.

A woman working at the Manhattan Beach police front desk confirmed the swarm.

She said officers were waiting for the bees to leave on their own.

Honey bees often swarm in late spring or early summer when a new queen is made in a colony and her mother leaves that colony with a large group of worker bees to find a new hive, according to Tim Gibb of the Purdue University Department of Entomology.

They remain at the swarm site a few hours to a few days while scouting bees search for a new nest site, Gibb said. Once it is found, the bee cluster breaks up and flies to it.

Bees at this stage of life are much less likely to sting because they do not have a hive to defend, he said.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.