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  • Bees Protect Crops from Wild Elephants in India

    01/31/2018 9:38:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    VOA ^ | January 31, 2018
    People in Mayilattumpara, a village in southwest India, could not sleep at night. Because of habitat loss, wild elephants would enter their village to look for food, destroying crops and farmland. The villagers tried to keep the wild elephants out with electric fences, deep holes and plants believed to keep the animals away. They even tried beating drums. Nothing worked! The repeated destruction of crops led some villagers to stop farming. But the situation turned around last year. That is because residents have finally found what keeps the elephants away: honey bees. Elephants, it turns out, are afraid of loudly...
  • Two boys charged with destruction of half million bees at Sioux City honey business

    01/18/2018 9:03:50 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 49 replies
    Wild Hill Honey owners Justin and Tori Englehardt went to check on their 50 hives on the morning of Dec. 28 and found them all destroyed, resulting in more than $60,000 in damage to the business. The police department said Wednesday two boys, ages 12 and 13, have been arrested in connection with the incident, which drew ire from people across the country and garnered national and international media coverage. Because they were charged as juveniles, the suspects cannot be identified under state privacy law. Despite the crime taking place in a secluded area with no witnesses, police were able...
  • 200,000 Honey Bees Killed in Prunedale

    01/17/2018 12:44:20 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 61 replies
    KSBW ^ | Jan 17, 2018 | Sierra Starks
    A bee killer toppled 100 beehives in Prunedale and sprayed hundreds of thousands of honey bees with gasoline over the weekend. The honey bees were being kept on Mike Hickenbottom's Prunedale property along Eacho Valley Road during the winter. The bees are owned by a man who lives in the Central Valley, where it's too cold during winter months, and they like feeding from eucalyptus trees that flower on the Central Coast during this time of year. Advertisement Hickenbottom believes his neighbors were behind the incident, partially because they had complained to him three times. The bees are allowed to...
  • Employee Claims Google Is A Religious Cult; In Other News, Water Is Wet

    08/10/2017 5:09:18 AM PDT · by EyesOfTX · 16 replies
    DB Daily Update ^ | 8.10.2017 | David Blackmon
    A current employee of Google told a reporter for Breitbart that the tech giant is “run like a religious cult.” Well, welcome to the world of progressivism, in which everything is treated like a religious cult, complete with texts filled with dogmatic nonsense (such as gender is not determined by biological factors), forced, non-natural behaviors that, if violated result in group shunning and ridicule (“climate deniers”), and forced denial of truth (hey, maybe that deal with Iran wasn’t so great after all). The latest allegation comes fresh on the heels of the controversy over Google, Inc’s having fired an employee...
  • Good News for Bees as Numbers Recover While Mystery Malady Wanes

    08/02/2017 9:25:13 AM PDT · by upchuck · 36 replies
    Ag Web ^ | Aug 1, 2017
    It's a Bloomberg story published on the Ag Web site so link only:
  • Advancing Scientific Integrity on Bees

    06/17/2017 4:41:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | June 17, 2017 | Paul Driessen
    Second Lady Karen Pence and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently teamed up to install a honeybee hive on the grounds of the Vice President’s residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington, DC. This will serve as a “great example” of what people can do to help “reverse the decline” in managed honeybee colonies around the country, the secretary said. Helping bees and educating people about bee problems is a good idea. However, if the hive is an attempt to reduce media and environmentalist criticism of Trump Administration policies – or put the Pences and Ag Department on the “right”...
  • Karen Pence installs beehive at vice president's residence

    06/06/2017 10:07:49 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 68 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 6/6/2017 | Darlene Superville
    WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence's wife, Karen, has installed a beehive on the grounds of their government residence in Washington. Mrs. Pence says honey bees play an important role in agricultural production in the United States. She says one out of every three bites of food consumed in the U.S. are made possible with the help of pollinators such as bees, butterflies, birds and bats. But managed bee colonies are in decline, posing a challenge to agricultural production. The Pence's beehive has 15,000 to 20,000 honey bees, including the queen bee. Mrs. Pence says honey the bees produce will...
  • Nipping a Legal Problem in the Bud

    05/27/2017 6:49:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | May 27, 2017 | Paul Driessen
    One of my recent articles predicted that the Fish & Wildlife Service’s endangered species designation for the rusty patched bumblebee would lead to its being used to delay or block construction projects and pesticide use on hundreds of millions of acres of US farmland. The abuses have already begun. Projects in Minnesota and elsewhere have been delayed, while people tried to ascertain that no bees were actually nesting in the areas. Now a federal district court judge has ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency failed to consult with the FWS before approving 59 products containing neonicotinoid pesticides that are used...
  • Bee invasion in London 5-17-17!

    05/21/2017 9:56:51 AM PDT · by Trumpnation · 15 replies
    YouTube ^ | 5-21-17 | JR
    Did you know 🐝 swarms are common in late spring? Check out the accumulation on the traffic light near the end.
  • Swarm of Bees Kills Dog, Hurts 2 Men in Ceres Neighborhood

    04/05/2017 8:39:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    KORA ^ | 4/5 | Sarah Heise
    Battalion chief: Beekeeper was harvesting honey from personal hiveA swarm of bees killed a dog, injured a beekeeper and a firefighter and prompted residents living in a Ceres neighborhood to be under a shelter-in-placer order, according to an official with the Ceres Fire Department. The attack happened at about 5 p.m. Sunday when the beekeeper, 53, was trying to harvest honey from his beehive in his backyard in the 2700 block of River Valley Circle, battalion Chief Rick Scola said. There were about 4,200 bees inside the hive, which equals about three pounds of bees, and for an unknown reason,...
  • Cheerios' attempt to save bees backfired massively

    03/22/2017 6:10:47 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 89 replies
    MSN ^ | March 20, 2017 | Hayley Peterson
    Cheerios cereal brand is under fire for sending out billions of potentially disease-spreading seeds in an attempt to help save bees from extinction. The brand recently announced that it would mail out free wildflower seeds as part of its "Save the Bees" campaign. The seeds, once planted, were meant to provide more nectar for the declining bee population. As of Friday, Cheerios had sent out 1.5 billion seeds, according to General Mills, which owns the cereal brand. There's one problem with Cheerios' charitable effort, however: some of the wildflower species included in the packet of seeds can do serious...
  • Bee Infestation Has Honey Dripping Down Walls of Texas Home

    02/06/2017 11:07:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    A Texas homeowner found herself in a sticky situation after calling for help with what she thought was going to be a simple roof repair. When roofers went out to Latanja Levine's Houston-area house, they made a startling discovery, according to KIAH. "They discovered there was a bee problem, told me that (they) couldn't do anything on the roof until something was done with the bees," Levine said. Levine said professionals were able to remove much of the hive and close off the bees' access to the home, allowing the roofers to get back to work. But, when Levine returned...
  • Burglary Attempt Foiled by Homeowner's Beehives

    11/17/2016 8:39:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Fox13 ^ | 11/15 | Don Matics
    A group of young, would-be burglars jumped the fence at their intended victim's house, but apparently didn't account for what awaited them on the other side. Homeowner, Joann Mendenhall said someone breaking into her back yard would normally be no laughing matter, but she had a little chuckle seeing suspects run from her back yard. "They were gone like a streak of lightning," Mendenhall said.
  • Believe it or not, the bees are doing just fine

    10/10/2016 9:07:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 10 at 6:00 AM | Christopher Ingraham
    You've probably heard the bad news by now that bees were recently added to the endangered species list for the first time. But if you're part of the 60 percent of people who share stories without actually reading them, you might have missed an important detail: namely, that the newly endangered bees are a handful of relatively obscure species who live only in Hawaii. The bees you're more familiar with — the ones that buzz around your yard dipping into flowers, making honey, pollinating crops and generally keeping the world's food supply from collapsing? Those bees are doing just fine,...
  • ‘Like it’s been nuked': Millions of bees dead after South Carolina sprays for Zika mosquitoes

    09/01/2016 3:20:13 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 65 replies
    MSN Washington Post ^ | September 1, 2016
    On Sunday morning, the South Carolina honey bees began to die in massive numbers. Death came suddenly to Dorchester County, S.C. Stressed insects tried to flee their nests, only to surrender in little clumps at hive entrances. The dead worker bees littering the farms suggested that colony collapse disorder was not the culprit — in that odd phenomenon, workers vanish as though raptured, leaving a living queen and young bees behind. Instead, the dead heaps signaled the killer was less mysterious, but no less devastating. The pattern matched acute pesticide poisoning. By one estimate, at a single apiary — Flowertown...
  • Don’t Bee-lieve the Latest Bee-pocalypse Scare

    08/27/2016 5:04:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies ^ | August 27, 2016 | Paul Driessen
    As stubborn facts ruin their narrative that neonicotinoid pesticides are causing a honeybee-pocalypse, environmental pressure groups are shifting to new scares to justify their demands for “neonic” bans.Honeybee populations and colony numbers in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and elsewhere are growing. It is also becoming increasingly clear that the actual cause of bee die-offs and “colony collapse disorders” is not neonics, but a toxic mix of predatory mites, stomach fungi, other microscopic pests, and assorted chemicals employed by beekeepers trying to control the beehive infestations.Naturally, anti-pesticide activists have seized on a recent study purporting to show that wild bee deaths in Britain have...
  • Bees Swarm Couple After Car Crash

    08/03/2016 8:27:58 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies ^ | July 27, 2016 |
    LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) - A quiet summer night in Laurel County got shaken up by a loud crash, and a swarm of bees. Neighbors say they could hear the screaming all the way up the hills. People on Patton Spur Road don't see many cars come down the dead-end street. But last night, Gary Anderson watched from his porch as a purple Tracker veered on and off the pavement. "Then he passed probably going about 35-40 miles an hour, pretty fast really. And all the sudden, I heard a big boom," said Anderson. He says the driver, Noah...
  • Young Man Dies After Being Stung by 1,000 Bees While Hiking Arizona Trail: Sheriff’s Office

    05/27/2016 10:37:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 75 replies
    A 23-year-old man died Thursday after being swarmed by bees and stung 1,000 times while hiking in Usery Mountain Park in Arizona, authorities said. Alex Bestler and a friend were on the Merkle Trail when a large swarm of bees descended on them “without provocation or warning” shortly before 9 a.m., according to a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office news release. The victim’s friend — identified only as Sonya — managed to escape by seeking shelter in a restroom, but Bestler was overcome by the swarm, the release stated. He was lying on the ground covered in bees when Sonya returned...
  • Bees Chase Car for Two Days to Rescue Their Queen

    05/25/2016 12:07:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    KFOR ^ | MAY 25, 2016
    This is the story of a ferocious army determined to rescue their queen from a metal fortress. Or, viewed another way, a swarm of bees who, for two days, followed their queen bee trapped inside a Mitsubishi Outlander. The Outlander belongs to Carol Howarth, a 68-year-old grandmother, who had no idea she’d picked up a tiny winged passenger when she visited a nature reserve. Later, when she stopped to go shopping in Haverfordwest, West Wales, the bees descended – thousands and thousands of them. Tom Moses, who works as a Pembrokeshire Coast National Park ranger, was driving by when he...
  • Concord Neighborhood Terrorized by Bees is Safer: Authorities

    05/15/2016 3:27:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Laura Malpert
    An East Bay neighborhood terrorized by a swarm of aggressive bees over the weekend is safer now, authorities said. Concord police told residents Sunday the bees have been mostly eradicated after an amateur beekeeper got rid of a hive Saturday night. A bee expert called to the neighborhood also declared the area safer. The bees began terrorizing the 3800 block of Hitchcock Drive on Friday, attacking residents, dogs and even a mail carrier. Concord police received a number of reports of "aggressive bees" in the area. According to one neighbor, two dogs died as a result of numerous bee stings....