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Brave woman moves thousands of bees with her BARE HANDS – and takes a bite from their honeycomb

A Texas beekeeper has shocked social media users with a video showing her holding a handful of bees with her bare hands – and even taking a bite out of their honeycomb as they swarm around her.

Erika Thompson, a professional beekeeper based in Austin, shares quite a few videos of herself bravely dealing with thousands of buzzing insects on her TikTok account, @texasbeeworks.

And her latest clip has made viewers shudder as they watch her scour a beehive off the floor of a backyard, using her bare hands to scoop up the honey bees to move them around and even taste their honey.

Buzz-worthy! Erika Thompson is a professional beekeeper based in Austin. In a recent viral video, she shows how she removed a beehive from the floor of a barn

Buzz-worthy! Erika Thompson is a professional beekeeper based in Austin. In a recent viral video, she shows how she removed a beehive from the floor of a barn

Something else! Commentators have expressed both disgust and awe at her casual dealings with the bees

Something else! Commentators have expressed both disgust and awe at her casual handling of the bees

Something else! Commentators have expressed both disgust and awe at her casual dealings with the bees

“Here’s how I removed a beehive from a backyard shed,” she says in the clip, explaining that the bees lived under the floor – which she could see from the side of the shed, where several bees swarmed.

“I found the entrance to the hive, but to see its size and location, I used my thermal camera,” she says.

When the thermal camera picked up the spot on the floor where the greatest number of bees had gathered, Erika used power tools to cut that area.

As protective gear, Erika only wore a hat with a veil over her face, although her hands were completely bare.

“I carefully lifted the piece I cut out and discovered a beautiful beehive full of honey,” she says, zooming in with her camera.

“Since the bees were gentle and it was over 100 degrees outside, I took off my veil, enjoyed some fresh honey, and got to work removing bees.”

`` For example, I took a beehive from a shed in the backyard, '' she says in the clip, explaining that the bees lived under the floor

`` For example, I took a beehive from a shed in the backyard, '' she says in the clip, explaining that the bees lived under the floor

“ For example, I took a beehive from a shed in the backyard, ” she says in the clip, explaining that the bees lived under the floor

'I found the entrance to the hive, but to see its size and location I used my thermal camera,' she says

'I found the entrance to the hive, but to see its size and location I used my thermal camera,' she says

Investigation: When her thermal camera picked up the spot on the floor where the greatest number of bees had gathered, Erika used power tools to cut that area

Investigation: When her thermal camera picked up the spot on the floor where the greatest number of bees had gathered, Erika used power tools to cut that area

Investigation: When her thermal camera picked up the spot on the floor where the greatest number of bees had gathered, Erika used power tools to cut that area

Yikes! She lifts the floor to reveal the beehive teeming with thousands of bees

Yikes! She lifts the floor to reveal the beehive teeming with thousands of bees

Yikes! She lifts the floor to reveal the beehive teeming with thousands of bees

Which gloves? As protective equipment, Erika only had a hat with a veil over her face, although her hands were completely bare.

Which gloves? As protective gear, Erika only wore a hat with a veil over her face, although her hands were completely bare.

She says: 'Since the bees were gentle and it was over 100 degrees outside, I took off my veil, enjoyed some fresh honey, and got to work removing bees'

She says: 'Since the bees were gentle and it was over 100 degrees outside, I took off my veil, enjoyed some fresh honey, and got to work removing bees'

Which gloves? As protective gear, Erika only wore a hat with a veil over her face, although her hands were completely bare.

When she says she enjoyed ‘fresh’ honey, she means it: Erika just picked up a piece of honeycomb from the spot under the floor and took a small bite, licking her lips as live bees flew around.

But that wasn’t even the most shocking part.

“I shoveled the bees into a temporary travel hive while looking for the queen,” she says, demonstrating that she carefully picks up dozens of bees with her bare hands and moves them to the travel hive.

“As a professional beekeeper, I learned how to read the bees’ behavior and I could see that these bees couldn’t sting me,” she adds.

The video further shows that she puts her hand into the hole in the floor, where thousands of moving bees have concentrated.

“Then I removed the comb structure from the hive of baby bees and food, and placed it in frames so that the bees would have everything they need in their new home,” she continues.

No problem! Erika didn't seem afraid to have so many bees around her

No problem! Erika didn't seem afraid to have so many bees around her

No problem! Erika didn’t seem afraid to have so many bees around her

Erika just picked up a piece of honeycomb right from the spot under the floor and took a little bite, licking her lips as live bees flew around

Erika just picked up a piece of honeycomb right from the spot under the floor and took a little bite, licking her lips as live bees flew around

Erika just picked up a piece of honeycomb right from the spot under the floor and took a little bite, licking her lips as live bees flew around

“I shoveled the bees into a temporary travel hive while looking for the queen,” she says

“I shoveled the bees into a temporary travel hive while looking for the queen,” she says

“I shoveled the bees into a temporary travel hive while looking for the queen,” she says

Brave! She shows that she carefully picks up dozens of bees with her bare hands and moves them to the travel hive

Brave! She shows that she carefully picks up dozens of bees with her bare hands and moves them to the travel hive

Brave! She shows that she carefully picks up dozens of bees with her bare hands and moves them to the travel hive

Then she saw the queen surrounded by her serving bees. This made the job easier, as Erika was able to put the queen in a clip and move it to the travel case.

“All the other bees followed her to the new hive,” she says.

“So I closed the hive, picked it up carefully, loaded it into my truck to take the bees to their new home, and it was another great day saving the bees,” she concludes.

While the clip has certainly caused some disturbance to some viewers, honeybees are actually quite docile and less likely to sting than a wasp or hornet.

According to PBSHives contain about 60,000 female honey bees, or worker bees, that can sting. The male drones don’t sting.

While the worker bees sting, they only do so to defend the hive – which is part of their main job, along with nectar collecting and pollination.

There she is! Then she saw the queen surrounded by her serving bees

There she is! Then she saw the queen surrounded by her serving bees

There she is! Then she saw the queen surrounded by her serving bees

This made the job easier as Erika was able to put the queen in a clip and move it to the travel case

This made the job easier as Erika was able to put the queen in a clip and move it to the travel case

A breeze! This made the job easier, as Erika was able to put the queen in a clip and move it to the travel case. “All the other bees followed her to the new hive,” she says

“So I closed the hive, carefully picked it up, loaded it into my truck to take the bees to their new home, and it was another great day saving the bees,” she concludes.

Unlike a wasp, honeybees also die after a sting because their stinger detaches from their body as they move to pull it out of their victim.

Despite its relative safety, Erika’s video still provoked somewhat strong reactions on social media.

‘Man, she really just went deep into those bees,’ wrote one.

“That’s fascinating and utterly terrifying,” wrote another, while a third said, “Dead. I would be dead. I’m dying.’

However, others were incredibly impressed with Erika’s bravery, calling her ‘great’, ‘great’, ‘healthy’ and ‘like a Disney princess’.

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