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Bee rustlers add to misery of struggling hive owners (UK)
The Beeb ^ | 5/26/13

Posted on 05/26/2013 7:09:50 AM PDT by llevrok

Bees have been battling bad weather, loss of habitat and possible pesticide effects but now keepers are facing a new threat - bee-rustling.

Cardiff beekeeper Elaine Spence found one her hives stripped of its honey bee colony in March.

She said she knows of 10 other hives being stolen in the past year by people who need expert knowledge to do it.

BBC Wales' Eye on Wales programme has found a number of hive theft cases although no officials figures are kept.

(snip)

She tells the the current affairs programme of her devastation to discover the theft of one of her colonies.

She said: "I looked at my hive and there was no roof on it. I was lost for words.

Honeybee Honeybees are vital for pollinating crops - a job that would be very costly without them "I lifted what remained of the hive to have a look and it was just empty inside.

"All bee-keepers strive to ensure that their bees last through the winter: you care for them, they're a bit like part of your family, really.

"And to come and find that they have just been taken from you - it was really distressing." (snip)

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Agriculture; Conspiracy; Humor
KEYWORDS:
Masters of the understatement

"The bees that were taken were a fairly angry lot”

1 posted on 05/26/2013 7:09:50 AM PDT by llevrok
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To: llevrok

Catch the bee-knappers—set up a sting.


2 posted on 05/26/2013 7:12:15 AM PDT by married21
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To: greeneyes

New world crops are probably OK without honeybees. Anything that came from Europe or Asia originally might have a problem.


3 posted on 05/26/2013 7:18:27 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: llevrok

Almost certainly Sherlock Holmes, an avid bee-keeper, is on the case.


4 posted on 05/26/2013 7:19:18 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: llevrok

Let me just ask you a question: how many arab beekeepers in the area??

Here, arabs seem to be moving into and taking over bee products.


5 posted on 05/26/2013 7:26:37 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama equals Osama))
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To: Hardraade
Here, arabs seem to be moving into and taking over bee products.

Makes sense. They mastered the art of flea keeping, now on to bees. Or that's the buzz I hear anyway.

6 posted on 05/26/2013 7:29:42 AM PDT by llevrok (2013: - Obama vs America. The new cold war)
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To: llevrok
Euglassia Watsonia wouldn't have let this happen.
7 posted on 05/26/2013 7:30:12 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (It is the deviants who are the bullies.)
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To: llevrok; mikrofon; Charles Henrickson

Bee Banditos

Beetoes?


8 posted on 05/26/2013 7:32:35 AM PDT by martin_fierro (Oh, beeHIVE!)
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To: llevrok

“Al Qaeda - Trade in Honey Is Said to Provide Money and Cover for bin Laden”

by Judith Miller & Jeff Gerth
11 October 2001

http://www.beekeeping.com/articles/us/honey_laden.htm

The honey trade is big in the Arab world


9 posted on 05/26/2013 7:37:59 AM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: Hardraade
Here, arabs seem to be moving into and taking over bee products.

Well, beekeeping hasn't changed much over the centuries. It's a perfect fit for that crowd.

10 posted on 05/26/2013 7:52:06 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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Wow, their Lassos must be tiny


11 posted on 05/26/2013 7:56:35 AM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: llevrok
Bee rustlers!


12 posted on 05/26/2013 7:59:08 AM PDT by bgill (The problem is...no one is watching the Watch List!)
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To: Charles Martel

“It’s a perfect fit for that crowd.”

Except it’s one queen and lots of lazy drones.

Lazy drones is right. One honored queen is not.

Where’s the 72 virgin larvae?


13 posted on 05/26/2013 7:59:08 AM PDT by Scrambler Bob ( Concerning bo -- that refers to the president. If I capitalize it, I mean the dog.)
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To: llevrok
How do you sneak away with the *goods*?


14 posted on 05/26/2013 7:59:19 AM PDT by Daffynition (Stand Your Ground)
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To: bgill
Singular form of rustler.


15 posted on 05/26/2013 8:02:11 AM PDT by Daffynition (Stand Your Ground)
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To: llevrok

I know this is a serious issue for some people, but I’m sorry, “Bee Rustlers add to misery of struggling hive owners”
is the funniest title for an FR thread I have ever read.


16 posted on 05/26/2013 8:02:37 AM PDT by supremedoctrine
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To: martin_fierro; llevrok; Charles Henrickson

Ich bin ein Beekeeper


17 posted on 05/26/2013 8:06:47 AM PDT by mikrofon (By Die Monkbees)
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To: Charles Martel

Yeah, perfect fit. They hate dogs but love bees.
Something about the “menacing swarm” appeals to them.
It’s sort of an analogy for the penetration of Islam into
the West.


18 posted on 05/26/2013 8:07:01 AM PDT by supremedoctrine
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To: Daffynition

19 posted on 05/26/2013 8:12:45 AM PDT by Bratch
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To: llevrok

From Slim Harpo;
“Well I’m a king bee, buzzing around your hive
Well I’m a king bee, buzzing around your hive
Well I can make honey baby, let me come inside

I’m young and able to buzz all night long
I’m young and able to buzz all night long
Well when you hear me buzzin’ baby, some stinging is going on

(well... buzz a while... sting it then...)

Well I’m a king bee, want you to be my queen
Well I’m a king bee, want you to be my queen
Together we can make honey, the world ever never seen

Well I’m a king bee, can buzz all night long
Well I’m a king bee, can buzz all night long
Well I can buzz better baby, when your man is gone “

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AichHYm-KgU


20 posted on 05/26/2013 8:40:57 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Scrambler Bob
Except it’s one queen and lots of lazy drones.

I'm sure they discount the "queen" title and see her simply as a female that remains in the hive and cranks out larvae. Heck, their culture could easily be based on honeybee mimicry.

That "insect overlords" quote might be more relevant than we've realized thus far.

21 posted on 05/26/2013 8:44:07 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Charles Martel

Yeah, and you know, stealing animals is arab second nature. Not a goat, sheep, camel or bee is safe.


22 posted on 05/26/2013 8:48:48 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama equals Osama))
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To: llevrok
As a bee keeper, I can say they do become part of your family. They are fascinating to behold and God's design and handiwork are evident.

I can't imagine my outrage if someone stole my hive.

23 posted on 05/26/2013 8:52:40 AM PDT by NELSON111
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To: Scrambler Bob
Queen? Did some one say "queen" ?


24 posted on 05/26/2013 9:01:48 AM PDT by llevrok (2013: - Obama vs America. The new cold war)
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To: llevrok; nickcarraway; JoeProBono; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ...

The tough part of bee rustling is learning to handle those tiny lassos.


25 posted on 05/28/2013 9:08:44 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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