Friday, May 18, 2012

Honey Bee swarm invades MLB Baseball Game!

This was cool!  A honey bee swarm landed (alighted) right near the Colorado Rockies Dugout at Coors' Field! In Colorado, wild honey bees are relatively low in numbers (compared to Florida anyway, which is LOADED with wild, African Honey Bees!!), so the right call was made. A beekeeper used a 'bee-vac' to vacuum the honey bees up, and he will either add the bees to an existing hive box of his, or start a new colony. Bravo!  Check out the video and cool play by play!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Thousands of honey bees invade mobile home park

Thousands of bees are invading and stinging residents at a Volusia County mobile home community.
The bees live on a property in Deltona, across Interstate 4, but they're drawn to the Country Village community pool off Hollow Ridge Drive, residents said.
The management company at the mobile home park said it is doing everything it can, but the bees keep coming back.
It seems like the honey bees are in search of water, swarming bird baths and the community pool.
“You can't relax. It's no fun,” said one resident. “You can't, because you got to watch out for the bee on the top of the water."
Bees can be seen swarming the sides of the pool and the deck for water. It's a problem community managers said is getting worse with the lack of rain, and they said no chemicals or spray can keep them away.
To keep the bees away from the pool, the managers added more bird baths and hired a bee expert.
The expert pinpointed their source to more than 100 beehives directly across I-4. They belong to Horace Bell Honey, based in Deland, which refuses to move them.
The community management filed a complaint with the city of Deltona and with Volusia County. The city of Deltona is checking to see if the honey company is in fact allowed to keep the bees on the vacant land.

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Swarm of Bees attacks boy

(Townsville Bulletin)

A TEENAGE boy was stung more than 100 times in a freak bee attack at Pallarenda yesterday.

Royce Abraham, 15, was bushwalking with his father, brother and two others at Bald Rock when he was attacked by the swarm of bees. It is believed the teen disturbed the hive as he walked past, with the European honey bees stinging him largely on his face, neck and ears.

PAINFUL EXPERIENCE: Royce Abraham, 15, struggles with the pain after being stung more than 100 times by bees while bushwalking yesterday

Royce's father Gary Abraham said he picked out at least 100 stingers from his son.
"They swarmed him and he cried out and tried to get away," he said.
"He was in a lot of pain. He rated it as eight or nine on the scale.
"It wasn't very good watching him getting hoed into."
Fortunately, the Pimlico State High School student didn't have any allergic reactions to the stings, and was taken in a conscious state to Townsville Hospital for treatment.
Mr Abraham said the attack was not likely to discourage his younger son from the outdoors.
"He's an adventurous, outdoorsy guy - always out and about," he said.
"He'll be keen to do it again, he'll just be a bit more cautious I think."
James Cook University biologist Professor Simon Robson, an expert on bee behaviour, said he had never heard of an attack of this level in the area.
"Bees usually keep to themselves," Prof Robson said.
"They've been bred to produce honey and they're relatively calm.
"Honey bees are not like the killer bees from South America."
Prof Robson said Royce could have died from so many bee stings.
"He's very lucky boy, that must have hurt," he said.
"One hundred stings are a lot of toxins; he must be a good, robust person and he's done very well to come out the other side.
"Some people will have one bee sting and it will put them into anaphylactic shock; he's clearly not allergic to bee stings."
Prof Robson said the incident sounded like a "really unfortunate accident".
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