Despite the audible buzz created by the thousands of bees that swarm around him, Terry Leggett, beekeeper and UTA alumnus finds his work relaxing.
Leggett, who has approximately 10 beehives at his home, responds to calls for bee removal at commercial and residential properties. He takes the honeycombs that can be saved and places them into one of his hives or gives it to other local beekeepers.
Leggett started beekeeping as a hobby five years ago and quit his job as an accountant to pursue beekeeping and his other business, Game Country USA.
He worked as an accountant for 10 years after graduating from UTA in 2006 with his bachelor’s degree.
“For me, it’s about the bees,” Leggett said.
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Beekeeper Terry Leggett examines a frame of brood comb Aug. 10 in Fort Worth. The brood comb is where the queen bee lays her eggs, and she can lay up to 2,000 eggs a day, Leggett said.
Beekeeper Terry Leggett works at his table Aug. 10 at a friend's house in Fort Worth. Leggett moved honeybees from a swarm trap into a new hive for the homeowner, who already had one hive.
A couple of honeybees perch over a section of brood comb Aug. 15 in Fort Worth. Leggett said brood is the most important part when cutting out a hive from a location.
Beekeeper Terry Leggett shows a piece of honeycomb after a cutout Aug. 15 in Fort Worth. Leggett takes the honeycomb and processes it for consumption because honey is too heavy to be supported in the new hive.
Honeybees climb on top of an electrical box Aug. 15 in Fort Worth. The bees were discovered by landscapers working in the backyard of a home, and the homeowner called Leggett to have them moved.
Beekeeper Terry Leggett uses a low-powered vacuum to remove honeybees from an electrical box Aug. 15 in Fort Worth. Leggett uses the vacuum to move bees that are outside the main comb into a box that can be added to the new hive later.
Beekeeper Terry Leggett cuts a section of brood comb during a hive cutout Aug. 15 in Fort Worth. Leggett cuts the comb to fit the frame that will be placed in the new hive.
Beekeeper Terry Leggett places a frame of comb into a hive Aug. 10 in Fort Worth. Leggett was checking the hive after placing it three weeks prior.