Internet buzzes over viral video from Austin-area beekeeper

The internet is buzzing with viral videos from beekeepers in the Austin area

Texas Beeworks’ Erika Thompson caused a sensation online with a viral video of her removing bees from property.

A video from a beekeeper in the Austin area caused a stir online.

“It was amazing, it was a little overwhelming, but ultimately it’s just so exciting to know that so many people are seeing the important work beekeepers do every day,” said Erika Thompson, owner of Texas Beeworks.

The minute-long clip shows Thompson removing a beehive from the property. “That was really just an average Tuesday, it wasn’t an exceptional distance by any means, and it was just crazy to see people’s reactions to it,” she said.

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Shortly after the video hit social media, it was teeming with views and won more than 50 million in 24 hours. What seemed to get a lot of attention was her method, as Thompson doesn’t use a beekeeping suit and even used her bare hands to handle some of these bees.

“I’ve been doing this for 10 years. I’ve learned to read the behavior of bees during that time. They’re supposed to send you signs and signals so you know how they’re feeling and probably the most important lesson I’ve learned as a beekeeper you listen to the bees, “said Thompson.


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While all that attention lately has made Thompson the queen bee on social media, for now she’s just hoping her viewers will learn about these little insects and all of their work.

“Hopefully you teach people that you don’t have to be afraid of bees and that there are a lot of things people can do to help bees,” Thompson said. “They are incredibly important to our ecosystem, our food system and our entire planet.”

As for the bees featured in the video, Thompson said she is moving any hives she removes onto their own property to give them a place to belong to.

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