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Sting bomb: When millions of bees are unleashed
Philly.com ^ | May 22, 2014 | Jason Nark

Posted on 05/22/2014 4:14:09 AM PDT by gusopol3

NEWARK, Del. - A lone honeybee, its wings wet and its mind likely muddled, crawled across a porch on Old Cooches Bridge Road yesterday, a seemingly safe haven amid the bee-pocalyspe all around.

Just 100 yards away, across the busy lanes of Interstate 95 near the University of Delaware, the scene along a northbound on-ramp resembled a tiny battlefield after a major conflict. Bees clung to a gnarled guardrail, barely moving, while others tried to fly between the raindrops, in and out of the many smashed, wooden hives spilled all over the small strip of grass.

A traffic sign warned passing motorists to keep their windows up to avoid "bee swarms."

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TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Science
KEYWORDS: bees; delaware; hives
It was a strange sign to see on the highway. "Bee swarms in area. Keep arms in Keep Windows closed" Another source said there had been a bee release emergency plan for 14 years and this was its first use.
1 posted on 05/22/2014 4:14:09 AM PDT by gusopol3
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To: gusopol3

Somehow the loss of all these honey (worker) bees is a metaphor for the workers in the USA. We are losing the hives.


2 posted on 05/22/2014 4:20:13 AM PDT by corkoman
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To: corkoman

Unfortunately, the social insect model seems to be the driving force of political elitism in this country. Just so long as the queen at the center of the hive is cared for, everything will be ok.


3 posted on 05/22/2014 4:26:07 AM PDT by gusopol3
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To: gusopol3

> the 2007 Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by Adolfo Guerro, 55, of Miami, overturned as it tried to negotiate the I-95 on-ramp from Delaware Route 896 northbound.

Yet somehow thousands of other truck drivers manage to negotiate the same on-ramp without flipping their rigs over. I wonder if Adolfo is a legal citizen? He owns this one.


4 posted on 05/22/2014 4:29:40 AM PDT by soycd
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To: soycd

I saw a truck carrying hive turn over there were a lot of dead bees on windshields of passing cars.


5 posted on 05/22/2014 4:33:53 AM PDT by riverrunner
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To: soycd
Yet somehow thousands of other truck drivers manage to negotiate the same on-ramp without flipping their rigs over. I wonder if Adolfo is a legal citizen? He owns this one.

I live about 10 minutes from there, and have used that ramp many times. Hundreds of trucks use the ramp daily. There's nothing difficult or treacherous about it

6 posted on 05/22/2014 4:37:54 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: corkoman

The bees were headed for the blueberry fields here in Maine. Our country’s large scale model agriculture requires moving bees around the country.

The bees are dying at rates that are not sustainable for the industry. The stress, the insecticides,and the viruses are killing off hives faster than they can be replaced.

Here is a trailer for one of many documentaries about the issue;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLi12sQpdzQ


7 posted on 05/22/2014 4:59:01 AM PDT by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: gusopol3

Bees!

8 posted on 05/22/2014 5:10:11 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: gusopol3
I thought this was going to be about another James O’Keefe Veritas undercover movie.
9 posted on 05/22/2014 5:15:52 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: gusopol3

Unrelated story, but it’s true! My local bee keeper has about 75 hives (we’re in the boonies). He normally doesn’t need a bee suit as he’s been doing this since childhood. His dad and grandpa were also bee keepers. A while back someone came to help him extract the honey and wore a white bee suit. For whatever reason the bees attacked the guy in the bee suit but left my neighbor alone.

After that for the rest of the season any time someone pulled up in a white car to buy honey the bees attacked the car! Crazy but true. Bees are the coolest insect. One day I’ll have my own hives I hope.....


10 posted on 05/22/2014 5:52:53 AM PDT by sevinufnine (A moderately bad man knows he is not very good. A thoroughly bad man thinks he's alright. C.S. Lewis)
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To: gusopol3

I saw these signs last evening. I thought bees didn’t sting when they are swarming.


11 posted on 05/22/2014 5:53:02 AM PDT by tired&retired
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To: gusopol3

I am having to go out to my squash plants with a small craft paintbrush and pollinate the flowers. It works really well. It just a small garden though.


12 posted on 05/22/2014 6:05:26 AM PDT by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!)
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To: Oratam

13 posted on 05/22/2014 6:09:20 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
Could have been wasps instead


14 posted on 05/22/2014 6:18:03 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: tired&retired

there’s a difference between swarming and being ejected from their hive. These bees were likely quite angry.


15 posted on 05/22/2014 6:20:32 AM PDT by sevinufnine (A moderately bad man knows he is not very good. A thoroughly bad man thinks he's alright. C.S. Lewis)
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To: JRios1968

I hate wasps. Yellow jackets love to sting.


16 posted on 05/22/2014 6:25:16 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: envisio

Up here in Maine there is ‘Pumkin sex’


17 posted on 05/22/2014 6:26:18 AM PDT by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: maine yankee

Yeah... my wife makes fun of me when I do pollination by hand. She shouts out the window the old seventies porn music : “bow chicka bow bow”


18 posted on 05/22/2014 6:40:16 AM PDT by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!)
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To: maine yankee

Yeah... my wife makes fun of me when I do pollination by hand. She shouts out the window the old seventies porn music : “bow chicka bow bow”


19 posted on 05/22/2014 6:41:45 AM PDT by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!)
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To: JRios1968
Even worse than yellow jackets: the bald-faced or white-faced hornet.


20 posted on 05/22/2014 6:44:32 AM PDT by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: tired&retired
tired&retired:" I thought bees didn’t sting when they are swarming."

A 'swarm' occurs when the beehive gets too crowded, then the worker bees load up on honey and migrate to find a new home.
When they are loaded up on honey, its like humans after over eating turkey on Thanksgiving. Very little upsets us.
Bees don't like rain , thunderstorms ,loud noises , nor having their home jostled and destroyed, nor losing their queen.
The queen releases a pheremone (scent) which contributes to social order in the hive; each queen has a distinct scent identifier for each hive. There are several species of bees used commercialy in the U.S., and each variety has a personality for honey production, pollenation, and aggressivness.

21 posted on 05/22/2014 7:04:55 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Political Correctness is Tyranny .. with manners ! Charlton Heston)
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To: gusopol3; al baby; Albion Wilde; Allegra; BufordP; EveningStar; Gefn; GunsareOK; JRios1968; ...

DANG!


22 posted on 05/22/2014 7:54:35 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Of COURSE bacon is good for you!!!)
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To: soycd
> the 2007 Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by Adolfo Guerro, 55, of Miami, overturned as it tried to negotiate the I-95 on-ramp from Delaware Route 896 northbound.

Sounds like he was trying to bypass the Delaware tolls.

23 posted on 05/22/2014 7:58:23 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Of COURSE bacon is good for you!!!)
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To: sevinufnine
Bees are the coolest insect.

One day I was sitting on the roof deck of a city apartment house with a friend, drinking from large tumblers of apple juice. A bee flew down to drink from the surface of the juice. I just watched him. He lowered his wings, and one of them got caught in the juice and he couldn't fly up. I took a dried leaf and gently scooped him out. He flew up, hovered in the air facing me and rocked side to side a few times, as if to say, "Thanks!" before flying off. No sting; no fear. A crystal memory...

24 posted on 05/23/2014 7:21:30 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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To: JRios1968

+2!


25 posted on 05/23/2014 7:23:00 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: envisio

I thought it was “brown chicken, brown cow”


26 posted on 05/23/2014 7:23:37 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: JRios1968

Silly internet meme generators - everyone knows that’s a yellowjacket on the right. Which is a type of social wasp, but still.


27 posted on 05/23/2014 7:26:33 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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