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The Buzz: Bee colonies move into Monroe County Beekeepers Apiary

Officials said that the first 25,000 residents moved into their new homes as the beekeepers apiary on Monday, and that they will be joined by three bee colonies.

MONROE COUNTY, Tenn. — The housing market is buzzing in Monroe County, at least for bees.

Officials said thousands of bees moved into their new home at the Monroe County Beekeepers Apiary at the county's new justice center. A dedication was held for the new apiary on Friday.

The first colony — around 25,000 bees — moved into the apiary around March 8. They were joined by three other colonies, officials said, for a total of four colonies at the new location.

Officials said the hives will be maintained by members of the Monroe County Beekeepers Association, and that it is usually done through small workshops or field days announced the group's monthly newsletters.

Officials said they hope to use the colonies for teaching workshops throughout the year. 

"Thanks to all who are helping out to make this happen," said Scott Venable, who is involved with the apiary. "Great things to come from this apiary!"

The beekeepers association said that there are around 300 types of unique honey in the U.S. and that properly processed and packaged honey can last centuries. The lifespan of honeybees can also vary from weeks to month, depending on temperature. Almost all worker honeybees are female.

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