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Growing a bee beard, 1984

Posted on April 1, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by

David Harvey of Montgomery, Ohio, helped coax honey bees to the face of Paul Kessen grow a bee beard as part of the Kentucky Beekeepers’ Association summer seminar on July 21, 1984 at Eastern Kentucky University. Kessen, of Hamilton, Ohio, who had grown more than 65 bee beards in the previous seven years and had appeared on “That’s Incredible,” said he had been stung only a half-dozen times since he started growing the beards. The small box on Kessen’s chin contained the queen bee, which is how the beard is grown. Photo by David Cooper

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